Offloading Iraqi M1s

An M1 Abrams tank waits to be moved north on a heavy equipment transport. These main battle tanks of the U.S. military have been sold to the Iraqi government to shore up their fighting force.

An M1 Abrams tank waits to be moved north on a heavy equipment transport. These main battle tanks of the U.S. military have been sold to the Iraqi government to shore up their fighting force. Photo by Sgt. Francis Horton

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Iraqi M1 tank

Full story: Fleet of Abrams arrive at Umm Qasr

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  1. That is nuts. What if we have to go in again? Fight them with the new light tank since we want to get rid of the main battle tank. Just plain nuts!

  2. 1975: U.S. pulled out in 1973. Now North Vietnam has overrun the South and captured billions of dollars worth of American Military equipment.

    FAST FOREWARD………….

    2012: After U.S. Forces pulled out in 2010. Now Iran has overrun Iraq and captured billions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

    1. I trust (or at least I hope) that if the Iranians tried to invade the full might of the USAF and USN would join in to smash their armored columns.

    2. I’m pretty sure that back in Nam, it was US owned equipment that was left behind.

      But these M1s were actually bought and paid for by Iraq.

      Maybe I’m splitting hairs, but that seems different to me.

  3. I gotta agree about replacing the old turbine on the Abrams. A new engine should have been part of the SEP/AIMv2 upgrades. If the Army really insists on using a gas turbine they can go with the LV100-5 developed for the Crusader (but intended to also be fitted to the Abrams). Among other improvements it has a 33% smaller rate of fuel consumption and 50% less than the AGT-1500 when idle.

    1. The LV100? In many ways, it’s worse than the AGT1500…

      – The new LV100 gas Turbine would only reduce fuel consumption by 33% — it would still consume 3 to 6 times as much as a Diesel engine.
      – That the US military expects the LV100 to be 50% more efficient at idle means the M1 would consume all it’s fuel in 16 hours, while all Diesel tanks (which have HALF the M1’s fuel capacity) can idle for more than 48 hours on end.
      – The 30% reduction in Mean Time Between Failure of the LV100 from the AGT1500 is an increase in operability to only 26 minutes.
      – The AGT1500 costs $200000, which is more than TEN times the price of an equal-power Piston engine… but a single LV100 engine would have cost more than $800000.

      For the price of 1 LV100 ($800000), you could buy…
      – 1 M198 Howitzer
      – 2 IAV-spec M113A4 APCs
      – 10 FGM-178 Javelin ATGMs
      – 12 Humvees
      40+ GD883 1500hp Diesel V12s
      – 40 BGM-71 TOW ATGMs
      – 1333 M16 Rifles

      For the price of 10 LV100s ($8 Million), you could buy…
      – 1 Mitsubishi Type 90 MBT
      – 2 Leopard 2A6s
      – 2 M1A1 Abrams’ (with AGT1500s, of course)
      – 3 M270 MLRS’
      – 4 Super M60 MBTs
      – 5 MIM-104 Patriot SAMs
      – 8 factory-rebuilt M60A3 Pattons
      – 8 MQ-1 Predator UAVs

      For the price of 100 LV100s ($80 Million), you could buy…
      – 1 F-15E Strike Eagles
      – 2 M2A3 Bradley IFVs
      – 4 F-16C Fighting Falcons
      – 4 AH-64D Longbow Apaches
      – 4 M1A2 Abrams’ (again, with AGT1500s)
      – 8 Strykers
      – 8 A-10A Thunderbolt IIs
      – 8 2 UH-60L Blackhawk Utility Helicopters
      – 16 M198 Howitzers
      – 36 M270 MLRS Artillery Rocket Launchers
      – 13000+ M16 Rifles

      For the price of *1000* LV100s ($800 Million), you could buy…
      – 1 Flight I Arliegh Burke class Destroyer
      – 2 F-22A Raptors
      – 2 F-35A Lightning IIs
      – 3 C-130J Super Hercules’
      – 4 KC-10 Extenders
      – 4 Perry class Frigates
      – 8 B-1B Lancers
      – 10 LGM-118 Peacekeeper ICBMs
      – 10 F/A-18E Super Hornets
      – 26 CH-53K Sea Dragons
      – 80 M1A2 Abrams’ (still, with AGT1500s)
      – 177 Leopard 2A6s
      – 40000+ GD883 1500hp Diesel V12s

      For the price of 3000 LV100s (enough to replace all operational US AGT1500s, at $2.4 Billion), you could buy…
      – 4 Arleigh Burke class Destroyers
      – 1 Seawolf class Attack Submarine
      – 2 B-2A Spirit Stealth Bombers
      – 3 Ohio class Missile Submarines
      – Enough Leopard 2A6s to replace every M1 in the entire 1st AD… with 183 spares!
      120000+ GD883 1500hp Diesel V12s

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