In 2016, the U.S. Army began the most comprehensive modernization of its major platforms and weapons systems since the so-called Big Five of the 1980s. Part of the current modernization effort is focusing on defining the characteristics of and requirements for a new main battle tank (MBT). But the Army may not need to undertake this effort. General Dynamics, the company that builds what is currently the best MBT in the world, the Abrams M1A2, has unveiled the AbramsX, a revolutionary transformation of the traditional MBT. With its hybrid diesel-electric power pack, unmanned turret, advanced sensors, and ability to operate drones and robotic ground vehicles, the AbramsX is more like a fifth-generation fighter than a land platform. I have written more about the AbramsX and other advanced ground platforms here.
Find Archived Articles: