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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

"he U.S. Army just got a new tank. But you wouldn't know it from the way the ground-combat branch describes the vehicle.

On Oct. 4, 2017, the Army's program office for ground vehicles announced that the service had accepted the first M-1A2SEPV3 "on schedule and on budget." General Dynamics Land Systems builds the tank in Lima, Ohio, using existing M-1 hulls as a starting point.

The Army asked to buy 56 M-1A2SEPV3 tanks in 2018, against a total requirement for around a thousand of the new vehicles enough to equip all of the branch's active-duty tank brigades. At present, a V3 costs around $20 USD million. The price should drop as the production rate increases…"
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bsrlee14 Oct 2017 1:48 a.m. PST

Just doing what the US Navy did in the later 1800's, 'rebuilding' Civil War monitors into pre-dreadnoughts. They put the monitor into drydock and stripped it completely then built a pre-dreadnought in the same slip from new materials and then riveted the original name plate on – Look Congress, its not a new ship

JMcCarroll Inactive Member14 Oct 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

Don't care how they do it. Just as long as it works!

Lion in the Stars14 Oct 2017 6:49 p.m. PST

Service Life Extension Version 3.

And honestly, no the US Army of WW2 would NOT have given this a new number.

The various Sherman versions were differentiated by mechanicals or hull construction, and this has the same engine and hull as the preceding Abrams.

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