By Michael Bame
The driver has 3 periscopes providing 120 degrees of visibility and the commander has six periscopes for 360 degree view. Thermal viewers with FLIR provide enhanced visibility including night and visibility obstructed by sand or smoke as well as 10x and 3x magnification. The thermal viewer (FLIR) system allows the tank to fire on one target and track a second target simultaneously increasing its lethality.
The Abrams M1 has digital command and control for battlefield coordination and communication. Electric generator produces 6 kilowatts of power for the on board systems. An environmental system keeps internal temperature down to 95 degrees via 25,600 BTU’s of cooling. Color displays and digital terrain maps are used by the crew. Crew protection against nuclear, biological and chemical warfare is installed.
An on board fire control computer coupled with laser rangefinder computes angle and velocity of the shell to ensure an accurate hit on the target. The tank is accurate targeting to 8,000 meters with an error of less than 35 meters. Turrent stabilization system allows for firing while moving over even rough terrain.