Marines in M1 Abrams Tanks: United States Deploying Heavily Armored Tanks for First Time in Afghanistan War

Photo’s and video footage of the M1A1 and the M1A2 in action. Segment shows tanks moving at a good pace at the end.

M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country’s southwest, will be deployed in Afghanistan for the first time, and will allow ground forces to target insurgents from a greater distance.

The M1 Abrams tank is armed with the most lethal force of any U.S. military ground vehicle. The 68-ton tanks are propelled by a jet engine and equipped with a 120mm main gun that can destroy a house more than a mile away.

The M1 Abrams tanks will be used initially in parts of northern Helmand province, where Marines have been engaged in intense close combat against resilient Taliban cells. The initial deployment is about 16 tanks, but the the number might be expanded.

The Taliban are usually armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and homemade bombs.

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