Updated Abrams news: hybrid engine, less weight and three crew members

The next generation Abrams tank is being designed to be, among other features, more economical, quieter, lighter and with fewer crews than previous models. This was reported on October 5 by the American edition of The Drive, describing news for the OBT update.

On the eve of General Dynamics Land Systems presented more details about its new concept tank M1 Abrams, for the first time shown in June, with a clearer rendering of the heavy tracked vehicle. The company called its prototype AbramsX, emphasizing that it is still a demonstrator of advanced of technologies. The improved version will get a hybrid diesel-electric power plant (traditional engine and electric motor), the crew will be reduced to three people, the weight will also become less, as it crept up to critical levels. The design will be shown next week at the US Army Association (AUSA) exhibition in Washington, DC. It will be demonstrated along with other designs StrykerX (an armored personnel carrier with an 8x8 wheel formula), Stryker Leonidas (with a powerful microwave directed energy weapon) and TRX Breacher (an engineered combat version of the TRX unmanned vehicle).

Updated Abrams news: hybrid engine, less weight and three crew members

The AbramsX Technology Demonstrator features reduced weight for increased mobility and portability, delivering the same tactical range as the M1A2 Abrams while using 50% less fuel. The AbramsX hybrid power supply supports the U.S. Army's climate and electrification strategy, expands silent surveillance capabilities, and even provides some silent mobility

– stated in the press release of the developer.

The appearance of the prototype X is significantly different from the original M1. The most advanced version of the M1A2 System Enhanced Package Version 3 (SEPv3) weighs a whopping 73,6 tons, more than 10 tons heavier than the original. This weight makes it difficult to travel on roads and bridges, transport by air, rail and even sea. The military will also like the reduction in fuel consumption, since such a feature can help out with difficulties in logistics.

With AI-enabled crew reduction and lethality, survivability, mobility, manned and unmanned aircraft (MUM-T) fusion, and autonomous capabilities, AbramsX could become a key node in lethal combat networks.

- underlined in a press release.

Moreover, the company did not specify how much the weight of the tank would be reduced. At the same time, there is no doubt that with a reduction in the turret, the total weight of the tank will seriously decrease, since its mass reaches 1/3 of the tank. Moreover, it was not explained which of the usual four crew members (commander, gunner, loader, driver) would become superfluous. Probably, the loader will be replaced by an automatic loader, as has long been customary in the USSR, Russia and China.

The tank will have many sensors and video cameras, an active protection system (KAZ) and an improved 120-mm gun will appear. The X prototype should "serve as a bridge from the Abrams SEPv3 and SEPv4 to the tank of the future." At the same time, SEPv4, which is under development, is very similar in size, shape and overall design to SEPv3, summed up the media.
  • Photos used: General Dynamics Land Systems
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  1. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 6 October 2022 18: 21
    An interesting car and most likely it will be brought to mind ...
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 6 October 2022 18: 30
    Yeah, after all, diesel)) Gas turbine eats too much fuel
    However, there was an infa tank that the next generation will have an uninhabited tower and a crew of two
    1. Alik9 Offline Alik9
      Alik9 (Alik Putor) 7 October 2022 12: 29
      Two is still not enough, one person will remain for observation, decision-making, commands and shooting
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 8 October 2022 16: 23
        In the short term, not a single crew member, everything is based on remote control of programming tasks and autonomous intelligence - and this is in the near future. We have a T-14, the next one is already unmanned ... A breakthrough with Mars and others was planned for land unmanned ones, but something got stuck, either components, or large kickbacks and theft were a hindrance. According to the new Abrams, it's time for the tank to lay Geranium-3, with warheads under 50 kg ..
  3. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 8 October 2022 22: 49
    So in the year 2030 we will see this prodigy.
  4. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 5 November 2022 02: 12
    They calved for a long time. And that's good. For us. The power plant is most likely not a hybrid, but a transmission and a drive. They have been nursing this concept for 70 years already. Things did not go further than the prototypes.