I saw this recently on The Drive – AbramsX Next Generation Main Battle Tank Breaks Cover – The Drive October 9, 2022: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/abramsx-next-generation-main-battle-tank-breaks-cover/ Longer article
BY TYLER ROGOWAY October 9, 2022
This is the first time we have seen the AbramsX concept, which is representative of a future American main battle tank, outside of artwork.
General Dynamics Land Systems has officially unveiled its AbramsX future main battle tank concept in the flesh — or should we say ‘in the steel.’ Earlier this week we wrote up the latest on this feature-packed M1 Abrams evolution, but now we get to see the actual hardware ahead of the Association of the U.S. Army’s big conference in Washington, D.C., this week. You can get up to speed on what we know about the tank in that piece linked here.
Check out General Dynamics Land Systems’ newly released video showing the AbramsX below.
Suffice it to say, the AbramsX very much looks the part of a future tank, with its highly revised turret that features multiple electro-optical sights and a remote weapon station sporting a big 30mm chain gun. The sniper gray-like urban camouflage with countershading along its serrated skirt also gives it a very futuristic look, as does its XM360-derivative 120mm cannon with its ported muzzle brake.
But the heavily-armored tank’s hybrid powertrain buried deep inside it is probably its most exciting feature. General Dynamics says this will result in a whopping 50 percent fuel saving — the Abrams’ kerosene-guzzling turbine engine has long involved a major logistics-versus-performance trade-off. This hybrid system will also allow AbramsX to operate silently while sitting idle and possibly for short durations at low speed, which would provide a huge tactical advantage.