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The Winnipeg Sun March 24, 2003

'Whispering Death' Strikes

By Mark Perry

The M1 Abrams main battle tank is the backbone of U.S. armoured units.

In the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein's Soviet-supplied T-72 tanks were hopelessly outclassed by the Abrams: although nine tanks were lost to battle damage, not a single Abrams crewman died. The newest version, the M1A2 packs a 120-mm German Rheinmetall smoothbore cannon. Powered by a 1500-hp turbine engine, the 68.7-ton M1A2 can cruise at 45 m.p.h., says Globalsecurity.org

This heavily "sandwich" armoured four-man fighting machine has day/night fire-on-the-move capability, provided by a laser rangefinder, thermal imaging night sight, optical day sight, and a digital ballistic computer.

In 1991, Abrams tanks spearheaded the assault into Iraq, and those Iraqi tanks which survived destruction from the air to battle the Abrams were often destroyed by an enemy they never even saw.

With its muffled turbine whine, the tank was nicknamed "Whispering Death."

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