M1 Abrams

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  • January 28, 2023
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Context: Recently, the US President announced that he would send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

About M1 Abrams:

  • The M1 Abrams main battle tank was developed by Chrysler Defence.
  • Production of the M1 started in 1980 and ceased in 1992.
  • This MBT was named in honour to the General Abrams, commander of US forces during Vietnam War.
  • The M1 Abrams MBT replaced the M60 Patton in service with US Army.
  • The M1 is informally known as “The Beast,” “Dracula” and “Whispering Death,” referring to its impressive firepower and quiet operation.
  • The M1 Abrams has a modern fire control system with a high first hit probability.
  • It can destroy tank-size targets at a range of 2 km while firing on the move.

Source: Indian Express

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) What is “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)”, sometimes seen in the news? (2018)

  1. An Israeli radar system
  2. India’s indigenous anti-missile programme
  3. An American anti-missile system
  4. A defence collaboration between Japan and South Korea


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