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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

…Fighting Force.

"The U.S. Army possesses many vehicles. There are fleets of main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, engineering support vehicles, mobile artillery, mine-protected vehicles, prime movers and trucks, light tactical vehicles and light utility vehicles. They range in size and weight from the 70-plus ton Abrams main battle tank to the Special Forces' Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle at around one ton. The Army also maintains a number of modified commercially available vehicles such as dump trucks and pickups. In total, the U.S. Army possesses some 225,000 vehicles of all types.

The Army is not alone in owning and operating large fleets of vehicles. As the other ground service, the Marine Corps owns many of the same types of vehicles as the Army, albeit in smaller quantities, as well as unique ones for amphibious warfare. Each of the other military services maintain a large number of vehicles to move people and material, and conduct security and support operations. Usually the other services will acquire the same vehicles as those procured by the Army.

Of all the Army's vehicle fleets, the best known but the smallest in number are those at the tip of the spear: the Abrams tank, the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the Stryker armored combat vehicle. There is some recognition of the importance of those fleets that directly support ground combat: artillery pieces and rocket launchers, armored personnel carriers and armored engineering vehicles…"
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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Aug 2017 4:49 a.m. PST

Just on a whim…. if it were gasoline, the amount of fuel carried by one Abrams (500 gallons) could get my wife's Sonata from Anchorage, Alaska to Buenos Aires, Argentina and back, with a week's normal driving to spare.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

Yes, but she would be much safer traveling in the Abrams thru Mexico.

VonTed24 Aug 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

Hehe. A valid point.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 10:18 a.m. PST



doug redshirt24 Aug 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

A lot of Abrams commanders would like to get a little further on a tank of gas too for that matter.

BCantwell24 Aug 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

From what I can tell, pretty much every tank commander ever would have liked to go a little further on a tank of gas

nsolomon9924 Aug 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

Has anyone done a comparison of the armour protection on an Abrams vs a Hyundai Sonata?? My gut feel is the Abrams would win but … I'm not an expert.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member24 Aug 2017 8:45 p.m. PST

As someone who once owned a Sonata (4x door) in Germany, I would hazard a guess that the … oh, wait … I feel a sudden crushing sensation :-()

BenFromBrooklyn25 Aug 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

Note that the section of proposed Pan American Highway linking Panama to Colombia was never built. This is the Darien Gap. It is not possible to drive a car from Alaska to Argentina.

Well, unless you had an engineer unit lead the way. But that would be a lot more fuel.

KniazSuvorov Inactive Member26 Aug 2017 10:32 a.m. PST

Someone drove the Darien gap in a 2-wheel-drive '61 Chevy Corvair back in the day. I feel like the power-to-weight ratio on a modern Hyundai Sonata must be at least as good.

Steve Wilcox26 Aug 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Having now read about the Darién Gap, I would prefer the Abrams as the vehicle of choice:

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