The M1A1 Abrams is by far the workhorse of the United States Army's Armored Force. All tanks used in the initial invasion Of Iraq in OIF were A1's. Not the High tech M1A2SEPs of the 4th ID or the M1A2s of the 3rd ACR.
Prooving that CITVs and FBCB2s are not needed to annailate enemy armies.
The M1A1 is equpied with the M256I 120mm smoothbore cannon which has a effective range of 3870 meters because this is the highest range the ballistic computer can compute when creating the firing solution.
The Commander's weapon is the M2 Caliber .50 Heavy Machince Gun or "Ma Duece" with the M-10 charging feature. This gives the Tank Commader an advantage over A2 TCs, there is a sight for the machine gun inside the tank allowin percice aim and steady fire out to tracer burn out at 1200 meters. On the A2 the FLEX M2 must be used so the TC is basicly shooting from the hip.
The gunner, or GOLF, has a M240 machine gun mounted coaxialy of the main gun. Meaning where ever the target retical is aiming the COAX and the main gun are both aiming there. Tracer burn out is at 900 meters however kills have been confirmed at 1200 meters.
The Loader is equiped with a M240 Machine Gun as well. It gives him somthing to hold on to. This weapon is used as a scare the enemy with noise weapon. Becasue shooting the gun is never practiced and the weapon mounted there in in acurate.
Tanks are the true problem solvers
The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) is the namesake of the late General Creighton W. Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and commander of the 37th Armored Battalion. It is the backbone of the armored forces of the United States military, and several of US allies as well. The purpose of this vehicle is to provide mobile firepower for armored formations of sufficient capability to successfully close with and destroy any opposing armored fighting vehicle in the world, while providing protection for it's crew in any conceivable combat environment. It is capable of engaging the enemy in any weather, day or night on the multi-dimensional, non-linear battlefield using its firepower, manuever, and shock effect. The Abrams Tank System synchronizes its high tempo, distributed manuever via its digitized situational awareness and the fusion of onboard and remote battlefield sensors. Production of M1A1 tanks for the US Army is complete. Over 8,800 M1 and M1A1 tanks have been produced for the US Army and Marine Corps, an the armies of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Production of new M1A1 and M1A2 Abrams tanks is in its final phase for Foreign Military Sales. Three versions of the Abrams tank are currently in service the original M1 model, dating from the early 1980s, and two newer versions, designated M1A1 and M1A2. The M1A1 series, produced from 1985 through 1993, replaced the M1’s 105mm main gun with a 120mm gun and incorporated numerous other enhancements, including an improved s...