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  • 28 January, 2023

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M1 Abrams & Leopard 2 tanks

M1 Abrams & Leopard 2 tanks

About M1 Abrams:

The US President recently declared that he would dispatch M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

The M1 is the best tank in the world because it combines four essential characteristics:

  • more mobility to reach targets and avoid attacks
  • better controllers and sensors to find and attack targets
  • more firepower to obliterate targets
  • superior defences to fend off attacks.


  • The M1 Abrams is named in honour of the late General Creighton W. Abrams, who oversaw the 37th Armored Battalion and served as Army Chief of Staff.
  • Because of its powerful firepower and stealthy operation, the M1 is sometimes referred to informally as "The Beast," "Dracula," and "Whispering Death."
  • General Dynamics provided the U.S. Army with the first M1 Abrams combat tanks in 1980, but it wasn't until 1991's Operation Desert Storm that the world truly understood the potential of the weapon.
  • All but 18 of the almost 2,000 M1s that the American Army and Marine Corps sent to the Persian Gulf were recovered in operational condition.

About Leopard 2 tank:

The German government announced that 14 Leopard 2 tanks will be sent to Ukraine.

  • The Leopard 2, which is deployed by many European nations, is less fuel-intensive and easier to maintain than certain western equivalents.
  • Beginning in 1970, the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) was developed.
  • Leopard 2's initial prototypes were finished in 1972.
  • The Leopard 2 was adopted by the West German army in 1979 when the first batch of 30 tanks in production was finished.
  • A Rheinmetall RH-M-120 120 mm smoothbore cannon has been mounted on the Leopard 2 main battle tank.
  • The Leopard 2 tank's composite armour is comparable to British Chobham. It provides effective defence against anti-tank-guided weapons and bullets that penetrate armour.
  • Two 7.62 mm machine guns make up the secondary armament. Another is installed on the top of the roof, while one is coaxial.
  • Four people work on the Leopard-2: the commander, the gunner, the loader, and the driver.

Source: The Hindu

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