Friday, November 19, 2010

The rise of the M1A1 Abrams Tank in Afghanistan.

The M1A1 Abrams Tank has not had the pleasure of visiting Afghanistan during our nine year old conflict in the Jihadist bastion. Well, according to a report this morning, that is about to change, and our foes should be afraid, very afraid in the volatile border region of the Helmand Province.
The M1A1 Abrams entered the service in 1980, replacing the old M60 Patton, which was our main battlefield tank for almost two decades before. The M1A1 Abrams weighs 67.6 short tons, drives 41.5 mph, and fires out of 2,600 pound Rheinmetall 120 mm gun. This is definitely something I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of.

Although the tank was introduced three decades ago, it hasn't seen much action besides for the Iraqi front - during both Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was successfully used during the latter Operation in the Anbar Province. This next deployment will be located in the Helmand province, which is a Taliban dominated region that borders Pakistan.

This should be a reminder that we're still fighting a War in Afghanistan, and that all of our honorable soldiers deserve the moral support of Americans at home. I believe it's the least Americans can do, considering what our soliders are doing - every day for us, all across the entire world.

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