Accession Number : ADA323152

Title :   The M1A2: Current and Future Program Plans,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR CENTER AND FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Glasgow, Wes ; Cardine, Christopher ; Latson, David

PDF Url : ADA323152

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The M1A2 main battle tank, the latest product-improved version of the Army's premier ground combat system, is at the forefront of the Army's modernization efforts. Such planning is imperative, especially in today's era of diminished funding for research and development of completely new systems. This reality, and the uncertain state of the Threat, means that the M1 series tanks may very well equip the majority of the Army's armor and armored cavalry units well into the 21st century. The perception of a reduced foreign tank threat makes it difficult to justify a completely new tank system anytime soon. Thus, a prudent course in light of this situation, and given likely upgrades of foreign tanks with current technology and their sales to potential threat nations, is to plan for uncertainty and maximize options by upgrading the existing M1 fleet. This will both improve a known high capability and leverage the soldier's trust and familiarity with a proven operational system. This article provides a view of the M1 modernization program by sketching its progress, giving an overview of the M1A2 (the vehicle currently being fielded), detailing plans for a bold System Enhancement Program (SEP) product improvement, and providing forecasts for even further upgrades, all designed to integrate the latest technologies. The chief goal is to ensure the M1 overmatches all possible threat vehicles, thereby maximizing our soldiers' chances for victory in the future.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), SURVIVABILITY, FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED SYSTEMS, COMBAT READINESS, THREAT EVALUATION, ARMY PLANNING, NATIONAL DEFENSE, VEHICULAR ARMOR, INFRARED SURVEILLANCE.

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE