Newest version of Abrams tank in Army's hands

The first of six M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) vehicles recently rolled into U.S. Army facilities off the production line at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, Ohio.

Maj. Gen. David Bassett, who serves as program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems, called the new version of the Abrams Main Battle Tank “a great step forward” in military technology, an Army release said.

“The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is the first in a series of new or significantly improved vehicles that we will be delivering to the Army's ABCTs (armored brigade combat teams),” Bassett said in the release. "It is a great step forward in reliability, sustainability, protection, and on-board power which positions the Abrams tank and our ABCTs for the future.

The M1A2 SEPv3 replaces an earlier version and features system upgrades including radio, power generation and auxiliary power, line replaceable module technology, remote explosive device usage, ammunition data and armor improvements, the release said.

"These vehicles are not just about assuring our allies, or deterring or coercing potential adversaries," Bassett said in the release. "They are about compelling our enemies and winning the multi-domain battle."

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