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Meng Model 1:35 M1A1 Abrams TUSK Main Battle Tank


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Meng Model 1:35 - M1A1 Abrams TUSK Main Battle Tank - Plastic model kit #TS-032

The M1 Abrams is a modern U.S. third-generation main battle tank. It entered service in 1980 to replace the M60. The M1 is the principal main battle tank of the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps. It is also widely used by the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Iraq.

A modification of the first Abrams model, the M1A1 was introduced in 1986. It was equipped with a M256 120 mm smoothbore gun and a CBRN protection system. The tank first saw combat in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. About 2,000 units took part in the liberation of Kuwait and only 23 of them were totally destroyed. The M1A1 fire could reach the enemy's positions at the range of 2,500 metres. That range was deadly to Iraq's Soviet-era tanks, inferior to the M1A1. In fact, the Abrams tanks could damage Iraqi tanks before they approached close enough to open fire. In 1992 the M1A1 was upgraded to the M1A2 version.

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