The U.S. Army has announced that it has begun to receive the newest version of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, the M1A2C (SEP v.3). On Tuesday, a press release by the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team said that Greywolf brigade received the tanks that allow the brigade, and the Army, to meet new limits when fighting adversaries and engaging in large-scale ground combat operations.
Troopers with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are the first to receive the Army’s newest version of the tank.
“This is the first time we have fielded a new tank in about 16 years,” said Lt. Col. Nicholas C. Sinclair, Commander of 3rd Batt. 8th Cav. Reg. “We will be the first ones trained on this so it’s really special to us to make sure we’re doing it right.”
Over the course of the next few weeks, Greywolf troops will become familiar with the new equipment. Sinclair said that inside every tank is an imbedded trainer that allows the troops to get repetitions in while the tank is stationary rather than moving to a new location to conduct simulated training. The imbedded trainer is one of many modernizations made to the tank, but it is not the only thing that makes it superior to its predecessors. There are updated firing systems that help build combat power as well. The troops will soon take the tanks to the field and conduct gunnery live-fire exercises.
It should be noted that early this month, the U.S. Army announced that decided to mount the Trophy active protection system on Abrams tanks that deployed to Poland.