Tanks of the US Army - Present and Past Models

USABOT members have served on every tank model since World War II. The follow is a list of these vehicle and links where you can find more information about them.


This is a work in progress so check back often, new information and units will be added regularly.



Main Battle Tanks of the US Army

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M1A2 Abrams

The latest variant of the Abrams is the M1A2 which has been even further enhanced and is now know as the M1A2 SEP V2 or System Enhanced Product Version 2.  Like the M1A1, the M1A2 is fitted with an M256A1, 120mm smoothbore gun designed in Germany by Rheinmetall AG. Secondary weapons include a .50 caliber M2HB machine gun and two 7.62mm M240 machine-guns. TUSK upgraded tanks also have an optional second M2HB coaxially mounted to the main gun. Pictured right is an initial version of the M1A2.




An MiA2 SEP with the Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK) installed.









An M1A2 SEP TUSK deployed.



Major enhancements in the A1 include Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear crew protection, integration of a 120 mm maingun and the addition of depleted uranium armor protection.  Variants of the M1A1 include the M1A1 AIM, M1A1D, and M1A1HC.


M1 & IP M1 Abrams

The initial Abrams tanks entered service in 1980. Designed with crew survivability in mind the Abrams tank provided many improvements over previous tanks.


M60A3 Patton

Essentially an upgraded M60A1, the A3 upgrades include gun stabilization and thermal sighting. 


M60A2 Patton

The A2 variant included a redesigned turret capable of firing a 152mm maingun and the Shillelagh anti-tank missile.   




M60A1 Patton

First introduced in 1963, the A1 model included a redesigned turret, better suspension, and armor over the initial M60. 


Pictured at left is an M60A1Rise Passive from 1-63 Armor at Fort Riley, KS during the winter of 1982 taken during the unit's annual tank gunnery qualification.





An M60A1 on display.



M60 Patton



M48 Patton

The M48 first entered service in 1952 and has been modernized many times before it was retired from service by the M60. The M48A1 is pictured here.


M48A5 Patton

The M48A5 is an up-gunned version of previous M48 variants. The A5 mounted the M68, 105mm maingun. 2,069 A5's were produced.



The M47 saw limited serve with the U.S. Army as it was quickly replaced by the M48. The M47 main armament consisted of the 90 mm maingun. 


M46 Patton

The M46 was armed with a 90mm maingun and two .30 caliber M1919A4 machineguns. 


M41 Walker Bulldog

First issued during the Korean War, the M41 mounted a 76mm maingun. The initial M41 was ungraded over its life eventually being designated M41A3.


M26 Pershing

Named after General Black Jack Pershing, the M26 was introduced near the end of World War II. Classified as a Heavy Tank in WW II, the Pershing mounted a 90mm maingun.


M4 Sherman

The M4 served as the primary U.S. tank during World War II.   Variants include the M4 Composite, M4A1, M4A2, M4A3W, M4A3E2 "Jumbo", M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" M4A4, and M4A6. The Easy Eight is pictured here.

Light, Experimental, and Other Tanks


M24 Chaffee

First introduced in 1944 at the end of World War II, the M24 also saw service during the Korean War. The Chaffee mounted a 75mm maingun.

Armor and Cavalry Units

Welcome to the world of Armor and Cavalry where you will find out more about the history of Army and Cavalry units within the US Army.

Tanks - Past and Present

Explore our tank library which is an ongoing development effort by our members to document tanks and armored vehicles from the past as well as current tank models.

The Master Gunner

The Master Gunner is the tank unit's expert in all tank maintenance and gunnery matters. They receive specialized training and are assigned within each tank company.