28 Feb '17, 4pm

Army to Give M1 Tank New Ammo, Active Protection System

Army to Give M1 Tank New Ammo, Active Protection System

With the promise of increased defense spending, U.S. Army officials are planning a major upgrade for the M1 Abrams tank as the start of a sweeping effort to modernize the armored vehicles in the service’s heavy brigades. The initial package of upgrades currently in test will enable to M1 to fire the Advanced Multipurpose, or AMP, round, which can be programmed to deliver devastating effects such as airburst on enemy targets, said Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer, Ground Combat Systems. “It’s a dramatic advancement in lethality; it replaces a bunch of rounds with only two,” Bassett said at the Lexington Institute’s Army Rapid Equipping Forum on Capitol Hill on Monday. “When we are done, we are going to have the AMP round and the Sabot.” Ground Combat System officials have also just finished an armored protection system, or APS, upgrade to an M1 that will s...

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