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US M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK II Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2008 (1:72 Scale)
US M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK II Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2008 [Clean]

Panzerkampf US M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK II Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2008




 
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Panzerkampf PZK12210PA US M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle Tank with TUSK II Survival Kit - 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2008 [Clean] (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 M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank with a TUSK II Survival Kit that was attached to the - 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and painted in a desert camouflage scheme. Back Order!

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

Release Date: June 2022

Historical Account: "TUSK II" - Tank Urban Survival Kits (TUSK) were developed to counter such threats, and the original TUSK I added block-shaped reactive armor to the tank sides as well as an anti-mine underplate, additional M2 heavy machine gun above the main gun, and shields for the loader. The TUSK II upgrade further added shields for the commander and the distinctive tile-shaped reactive armor, although these were not fitted to all M1A2 SEPs.

In addition to the armor, some USMC Abrams tanks are equipped with a Softkill Active protection system, the AN/VLQ-6 Missile Countermeasure Device (MCD) that can impede the function of guidance systems of some semi-active control line-of-sight (SACLOS) wire- and radio guided anti-tank missiles (such as the Russian 9K114 Shturm) and infrared homing missiles. The MCD works by emitting a massive, condensed infrared signal to confuse the infrared homing seeker of an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). However, the drawback to the system is that the ATGM is not destroyed, it is merely directed away from its intended target, leaving the missile to detonate elsewhere. This device is mounted on the turret roof in front of the loader's hatch, and can lead some people to mistake Abrams tanks fitted with these devices for the M1A2 version, since the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer on the latter is mounted in the same place, though the MCD is box-shaped and fixed in place as opposed to cylindrical and rotating like the CITV.

In 2016, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps began testing out the Israeli Trophy active protection system to protect their Abrams tanks from modern RPG and ATGM threats by either jamming (with ATGMs) or firing small rounds to deflect incoming projectiles. The Army plans to field a brigade of over 80 tanks equipped with Trophy to Europe in 2020. It is planned for up to 261 Abrams to be upgraded with the system, enough for four brigades. In June 2018, the Army awarded Leonardo DRS, U.S. partner to Trophy's designer Rafael, a $193 million contract to deliver the system in support of M1 Abrams "immediate operational requirements."

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: 4 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 Abrams Tank July 9, 2022
Reviewer: Didier PINTE from PAU, aquitaine France  
Tres beau, belle realisation.

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4 of 5 Abrams Tank July 6, 2022
Reviewer: George McCary from Charles Town, WV United States  
Great!

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5 of 5 panzerkampf 1/72 M1A2 SEP with Tusk II July 6, 2022
Reviewer: Paul Willenbrock from Amityville, NY United States  
Great details and quality right out of the box. Great to super detail if so desired to make a small scale showpiece. Great addition to my modern collection!

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5 of 5 US M1A2 SEP Abrams July 5, 2022
Reviewer: Thomas Martin from Marlborough, MA United States  
Long wait but excellent detail and paint on Abrams was outstanding.

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