M1A2 Reactive Applique Armor - Clad In Explosives

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TL;DR: An M1A2 Abrams experimentally fitted with Blazer ERA.

History:

Ever since the first ERA was patented in Germany by a Norwegian named Dr. Manfred Held, the US had their eye on the technology. Dr. Manfred Held would go on to work with Rafael of Israel to fine tune this early ERA into what would eventually come to be known as Blazer ERA. For the time, Blazer showed very impressive results with regards to defeating chemical munitions, especially smaller ones like RPGs. The US, of course, followed this too and eventually acquired the rights to produce and experiment with Blazer in the 1980s, however, to maintain secrecy, the project was dubbed Xm 1/2. Both the Army and the Marines participated in this project, however, the Army pulled out in 1988. The Marines continued the project on their own, eventually mounting Blazer onto their M60A1s and M60A3s in packages dubbed Reactive Applique Armor (RAA). The M60 series were not the only tanks considered for an RAA package, however. With the continued escalation of threats potentially capable of taking out previous Abrams models, the new M1A2 program was started, with an RAA package considered to be part of its late development. Of course, to see if this was even possible, tests had to be carried out, eventually leading to an M1A2 being experimentally fitted with tiles of Blazer ERA cut specifically to conform to the shape of the Abrams’s turret, something that was not done for the M60s. For unknown reasons, the project of an M1A2-specific RAA package would be dropped in 1988, when the Army pulled out of the Xm 1/2 project.

Place In Game:

What we have here is really just an M1A2 with Blazer ERA, which isn’t all that great on its own. The real draw of this vehicle comes with its history. This specific M1A2 configuration is for sure one of the least known, with many War Thunder players and even tank enthusiasts not even knowing it existed. It’s a very modern tank fitted with some of the oldest ERA there was. This factor alone would easily draw some people to it, even if it may be redundant or outclassed by other M1A2 variants fitted with better ERA. Since this project was carried out while the M1A2 was technically still in development, arguments can be made to limit its ammo pool a bit as to allow a lower BR. Playstyle would be pretty much identical to the standard M1A2 already in-game. While the Blazer is nice, it isn’t anything to write home about at the BR this vehicle will find itself at. As this vehicle was along the lines of a one-off experiment, in-game placement obviously wouldn’t see it in the tech tree, however, it could easily make for a nice squadron or event vehicle.

Specifications:

Armament: M256 120mm cannon, 1x 12.7mm machine gun (maybe), 1-2x 7.62mm machine gun(s)

Dimensions: 7.93m, 3.66m, 2.44m (L,W,H)

Weight: 62500kg

Armor: Same as M1A2 in-game plus ERA

Crew: 4 (Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader)

Ammunition: Same as M1A2 in-game

Speed: 67kph

Horsepower: 1500hp

Picture:

The same picture as above but from Ballisticians in War and Peace A History of the United States Army Ballistics Research Laboratory Volume 3 and with a caption:

Sources:

Ballisticians in War and Peace A History of the United States Army Ballistics Research Laboratory Volume 3 (DTIC ADA300522: Ballisticians in War and Peace. A History of the United States Army Ballistics Research Laboratory. Volume 3. 1977-1992, : Defense Technical Information Center : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive)

UNITED STATES ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENGINEERING CENTER ANNUAL COMMAND HISTORY FISCAL YEAR 88 (https://emu.usahec.org/alma/multimedia/1094931/20181457MNBW1013037579F238121I001A.pdf)

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Would be neat as an armor mod for the existing M1A2, maybe an event vehicle but please god not another tech tree filler thats just a worthless and heavy armor kit added onto an existing vehicle like TES or Azur

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+1

A better armored abrams will always be a yes from me!

+1 as a modification to the TT M1A2.

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+1 for this, if Russia can get thermals fitted only to prototype T-80U and T-80B, we can get this as a modification as well

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100%. Its only fair. Gaijin wanted to open this stupid can of worms for the Yak 141 and T80s.

+1 TT mod for M1A2

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