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US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK I Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division [NATO Woodland Camouflage Scheme]

Panzerkampf US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK I Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division [NATO Woodland Camouflage Scheme]




 
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Panzerkampf PZK12208PA US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK I Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division [NATO Woodland Camouflage Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003

The M1 Abrams was the next stage in American tank development after the M60 series. Chrysler completed the prototype in 1978 and the first production vehicles appeared in 1980 with 30 tanks a month being built in the years that followed by General Dynamics, then a division of Chrysler Motors. Its advanced Chobham armour makes the M1 the best protected US main battle tank yet devised. Its gas turbine engine is smaller and easier to service than a diesel engine, but the extra fuel requirement negates the space saved, which is perhaps why the idea was rejected for acquiring the German-built Leopard 2. Thermal sights, laser rangefinder equipment, and a sophisticated gun stabilization system give the M1 excellent firepower on the move, be it day or night. In the 1991 Gulf War, the Abrams proved itself the best tank in the world, knocking out Iraqi T-72s with impunity. In fact, no Abrams were lost due to enemy fire.

According to General Dynamics, international sales of the Abrams tank are strong. Egypt has purchased 777 M1A1 tank kits. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia purchased and fielded 315 M1A2 Abrams tanks in the Royal Saudi Land Forces, and lest we forget the Government of Kuwait, which purchased and fielded 218 M1A2 Abrams tanks in the Kuwaiti Land Forces. All of these nations are considering additional orders or configuration upgrades for their existing fleet of M1A1/A2 tanks.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with the TUSK I Survival Kit that was attached to the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 5-1/4-inches
Width: 1-3/4-inches

Release Date: August 2022

Historical Account: "TUSK I" - In order to improve the Abrams survivability in urban environments, the M1A1/M1A2 was fitted with the Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK). With this kit, Abrams tanks became more deadly. The TUSK improves protection, firepower, and Situation Awareness of the tanks. The TUSK includes such components as add-on explosive reactive armor and a slat armor, which provides protection against RPG rounds, 32 dischargers for 66-mm defensive grenades, which loaded with a combination of smoke and anti-personnel grenades, a transparent shielding around vehicle commander's 12.7-mm machine gun that allow vehicle commander to be protected from enemy fire.

The TUSK also has a thermal weapon sight for a shielded loader's 7.62-mm machine gun that allows him to locate targets and fire from his machine gun at night, additional remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun over the main gun that is fitted with a spotlight. In addition, the TUSK includes a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun, a 360-degree camera for a vehicle commander that improves SA, new safety sear and rear vision camera for a driver, and an infantry phone that allows the nearby infantry to communicate with the tank commander and coordinate their actions in combat.

The TUSK includes additional protection at the loader's gun station on the turret and the commander's gun station, reactive armor to protect the tank's side from attack by rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and slat armor to protect the tank's rear from the same weapon, and the tank/infantry telephone to allow infantry and armor soldiers to work together in combat.

All the upgrades use off-the-shelf technology, and the goal is for the entire TUSK to be applied by units in the field, without requiring a return to a depot for modification. The reactive armor, for example, is a product similar to what's on the Bradley (Armored Fighting Vehicle). It's explosive armor that protects the vehicle. Another example would be the slat armor designed to protect the tank's rear from RPG attack. It is similar in design and concept to the slat armor used on the Stryker armored vehicles for the same purpose.

The first TUSK component to reach the field was the Loader's Armored Gun Shield, which provides protection to the loader when the soldier is firing the 7.62mm machine gun on the Abrams' turret.

The Abrams Reactive Armor Tile system is a component of the Tank Urban Survival Kit that was mounted on Abrams tanks during deployments to the Middle East. It consists of a set of two types of reactive armor tiles. Maneuvering the Abrams on the European continent requires different armor configurations. Using the ARAT and not the TUSK will allow the tanks the maneuverability and operability they will need in more verdant areas. ARAT retains the cross-country abilities of the tank because it is not completely loaded down with extra armor. This has the added benefit of being more capable against things like heat rounds and things like explosive ordinance that get fired at the tank.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Static tracks
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with acrylic display case

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 Abrams Tank September 29, 2022
Reviewer: Paul Willenbrock from Amityville, NY United States  
Great!

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5 of 5 M1A1 TUSK I September 28, 2022
Reviewer: Thomas Martin from Marlborough, MA United States  
Great looking lots of detail ... Paint clean and crisp. Very nice model

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