The U.S. Army faces a monumental modernization challenge. It is looking to acquire new aircraft, armored fighting vehicles, long-range fires systems, communications networks, electronic warfare capabilities, soldier systems and air and missile defenses. Fortunately, the Army does not need to develop a new main battle tank. Its current platform, the M1A2 Abrams, is the tank of the future. Planned upgrades will ensure that the Abrams maintains its dominant position for decades to come. The Army is beginning to receive the latest upgrade, the System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3). A SEPv4 is planned for the early 2020s. Further enhancements will keep the Abrams as the best tank in the world for decades to come. I have written more about this topic here.
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