Developer: General Dynamics Land Systems
Crew: 4 Personnel 
Weight: 69.54 Tons
Length (Gun Forward): 387 Inches (983 Centimeters)
Turret Height: 93.5 Inches (237.5 Centimeters)
Width: 144 Inches (365.8 Centimeters)
Ground Clearance: 19 inches (48.3 Centimeters)
Ground Pressure: 15.4 PSI
Steering: Hydraulic-mechanical steering control
Turning Capability: 360 degree pivot
Brakes: Hydraulic-mechanical service brake (foot)
Power to Weight Ratio: 21.6 hp/ton
Diesel Turbine Engine 1500 HP
Engine Type: dual-compressor, regenerative
Hydro Kinetic Transmission: 4 Speed Forward
2 Speed Reverse, with pivot and neutral selections
Maximum Speed: 42 mph (67 km/h) - Governed
Cross Country Speed: 30 mph (48 km/h)
Speed on 10% Slope: 17 mph (27 km/h)
Speed on 60% Slope: 4 mph (6 km/h)
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph): 7.2 Seconds
Maximum Reverse Speed: 25 mph (40 km/h)
Cruising Range: 265 Miles (426 Kilometers)
Vertical Obstacle: 42 Inches (106.7 Centimeters)
Trench Crossing: 9 Feet (2.74 Meters)
Main Gun: M256 120mm Smoothbore Cannon
120mm Ammunition Quantity: 40 rounds
7.62mm Coaxial Machine Gun: 10,000 rounds
Caliber .50 Machine Gun: 900 rounds
UKL8 series/M76IR Smoke Grenades: 24 grenades
NBC System 200 SCFM - Clean Cooled Air


The 120mm Cannon
The M1A2's primary weapon is a 120mm smooth bore cannon.  Use this weapon against armored vehicles, bunkers, and other hard targets.

The 120mm cannon can fire a variety of ammunition types:

SABOT Cannon Round - The APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot) is your best weapon against enemy tanks.  The SABOT round features a very hard, very dense long rod penetrator composed of depleted uranium.  It has an extremely high muzzle velocity and is capable of defeating any current armor.

HEAT Cannon Round - The High Explosive Anti-Tank, or HEAT, round is highly effective against armored vehicles bunkers, guard towers and other structures.  Its shaped-charge warhead can blast through even the thickest metal armor.  However, this ammunition is less effective against vehicles with modern composite armors, such as the Russian T-80 Tank.

MPAT Cannon Round - The MPAT, or MultiPurpose Anti-Tank, is a HEAT round coupled with a proximity warhead.  Highly effective against aircraft such as helicopters, the MPAT will detonate when it is near its target.

STAFF Cannon Round - Most effective against targets hidden behind terrain, the STAFF (Smart Target-Activated-
Fire-and-Forget) is designed to fly over its target and fire an explosively-formed penetrator downward.  Helicopters are particularly susceptible to the STAFF round since the explosive penetrator can affect them without the round actually having to strike the body of the aircraft.

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