The almost 40-year-old Abrams tank has a significant role in the Army’s vision for 2028 because of a major facelift that upgrades the engine, sensors, and sights, along with advanced armor and an active protection system aimed at fighting, surviving, and winning.
There is no denying that in human years the M1 Abrams main battle tank (MBT) is certainly “middle-aged,” but thanks to a steady stream of updates the M1 Abrams has remained among the best tanks in the world. Since its introduction forty years ago the M1 Abrams, which was named for the late Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton W. Abrams, has proven itself on the battlefield more than any other MBT.
The Next Generation Combat Vehicle – Future Decisive Lethality (NGCV-FDL) will have capabilities that are enabled by assured position, navigation, and timing, and resilient networks that will enable future maneuver formations to execute semi-independent operations while conducting cross-domain maneuver against a peer adversary.
And, judging by some renders of the NGCV-FDL concepts, the new tanks will be smaller and lighter than the existing Abrams and Leopard. These renders come from U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command.