A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank accidentally engaged another Abrams tank during gunnery practice, striking the second tank and injuring a crew member. The injured tanker was reported in stable condition and expected to recover. The incident is remarkable in that the two tanks were more than a mile apart, highlighting the extreme distances tanks can shoot accurately on the modern battlefield.
The incident was originally reported by Defence Blog and later confirmed by Army Times. A public affairs officer assigned to the 1st Armored Division announced there would be no further comment from the Army until an investigation of the incident is complete.
The M1A2 Abrams is the U.S. Army’s longest-serving main battle tank. First introduced in the early 1980s, the Abrams has received several upgrades over the past four decades to keep it relevant on the modern battlefield. Upgrades have included a larger, 120-millimeter gun, digital communications system, and now the Trophy active protection anti-missile system. The latest version, the M1A2 SEPv3, is rolling out to combat units this summer.
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