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The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank closes with and destroys the enemy using mobility, firepower, and shock effect. The Abrams is a full-tracked, low-profile, land combat assault weapon enabling expeditionary Warfighters to dominate their adversaries through lethal firepower, unparalleled survivability, and audacious maneuver.
A 120 mm main gun, a special armor and the Honeywell AGT1500, a 1,500-horsepower turbine engine multifuel capable make the Abrams tank particularly lethal against heavy armor forces.
‘Jet fuel is basically kerosene which is basically diesel. Everything in the Army runs on JP-8 now as does the Air Force. It does burn cleaner than commercial diesel but lacks the lubricating properties meaning you need to add a bottle of special additive to run a diesel engine not made for it without long term damage (Short term especially if there is still diesel in the tank is perfectly fine).
‘So, the M1 does normally run on diesel everyday which is Jet fuel.
‘What the gas turbine allows it to do is run on absolutely anything that is flammable enough.
‘Gasoline of any grade?: Check
‘Diesel of any grade?: Check
‘Any percentage of Ethanol fuel to include Pure Ethanol?: Check (it will run on Bacardi 151 all day)
‘Running out of fuel in Iraq due to external factors and siphoning every bit of unknown fuel from cars and trucks in a collapsed parking structure to get you far enough to find a gas station with a several year-old broken-down truck full of questionable heating oil which was sufficient to get your platoon back to friendly areas? Been there done that, the tank didn’t even hesitate.’
‘It is the absolute most flexible system regarding fuel in the US inventory. Designed for WWIII Europe where we could scavenge any fuel source. It is far more practical than anything else on the battlefield.
‘“Multi-Fuel” diesels like the excellent German MTU can also be configured to run on various fuels (but not gasoline or ethanol) AT THE FACTORY. Pour in random fuels or gasoline or ethanol on the battlefield and you will become dismounted light infantry quickly.
‘Does that sound more or less practical on the battlefield to you?’
Photo credit: US Department of Defence Staff Sgt. Clifton Kershaw, U.S. Army and SGT PAUL L. ANSTINE II, USMC
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