Amazing Facts About M1 Abrams Tank
Named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of US forces in Vietnam from 1968 to ’72, the General Dynamics M1 Abrams (and now its current variants) is the premier Main Battle Tank in the world. Originally developed in 1980, the Abrams is highly mobile and technologically advanced.
The first time M1 Abrams tanks entered combat was the Persian Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm 1991. Of the 1,848 M1A1s deployed, only 14 were damaged and 9 were destroyed. Accidental friendly fire destroyed seven M1 Abrams and two were purposely destroyed to avoid capture.