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For three years, the Army in numerous Congressional hearings has pushed a plan that essentially would have suspended tank building and upgrades in the U.S. for the first time since World War II. The Army suggested that production lines could be kept open through foreign sales.




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In a statement, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said that Congress "recognizes the necessity of the Abrams tank to our national security and authorizes an additional $120 million for Abrams tank upgrades. This provision keeps the production lines open in Lima, Ohio, and ensures that our skilled, technical workers are protected."


Turner chairs the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and will retain that position in the next Congress. The General Dynamics Land Systems plant in Lima, the only U.S. manufacturer of tanks, is in the district of Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.


Todd Harrison, a Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments analyst, said it was open to question whether the Army and the Marine Corps needed more tanks on top of the estimated 9,000 already in their inventories. However, he noted that it was not unusual for Congress to go against the military's recommendations on the budget.


The tank debate between the Army and Congress goes back to 2012 when Odierno testified that "we don't need the tanks. Our tank fleet is two and a half years old on average now. We're in good shape and these are additional tanks that we don't need."


Odierno lost then too. Congress voted for another $183 million for tanks despite Odierno's argument that the Army was seeking to become a lighter force. He told the Associated Press at the time that "if we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way" than spending it on 70-ton Abrams tanks.


When a lot of people think of a tank, the M4 Sherman battle tank comes to mind. Two reasons: they were effective, and there were a lot of them. Nearly 50,000 M4 tanks were produced before and during WWI. The only tank ever produced at a higher clip than the M4 was the Soviet T-34. Today, a M4 tank for sale will cost you about $250,000.


Auctions AmericaThe M-50 is often called a Super Sherman. The tank was used by Israel Defense Forces from the 1950s to the 1970s and was a modified variant of the American M4 Sherman tank. One of the biggest changes was up-converting the M-50, so it included a 75mm tank gun. The M50 was a participant in the 1967 Six-Day War and placed as a reserve unit in 1973 for the Yom Kippur War. After retirement, Israel gave some of the tanks to the South Lebanese Army ally. The tank runs for $300,000 to $350,000.


The FV4601 MBT-80 was a third-generation main battle tank designed in 1979 and was supposed to replace the Chieftain. Ultimately, the Challenger 1 received that honor. As for the MBT-80, Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment constructed two prototypes: the Automotive Test Rig (ATR1) & ATR2. The ATR1 was built using parts from the Shir-2 Tank originating from the Chieftain. The ATR2 was an experiment intended to reduce weight by welding aluminum and steel tank hulls together. A private collector bought the ATR1 for an undisclosed amount. The seller was open for price suggestions since the tank was so stripped down. The ATR2, on the other hand, is displayed at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset.


The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank used primarily in World War II. It entered service in 1940 and became the most-produced tank during the conflict, with over 84,000 built. It proved quite effective with a mixture of movement capabilities, armor, ruggedness, and weapons. On the Eastern Front, the Soviet Union steadily improved the tank to meet the needs to combat the German Wehrmacht. The T-34-85 is an excellent illustration of these improvements. As German Panzers evolved with vehicles such as the Panther & Tiger, the Red Army needed to change weapons. The standard 76mm tank gun was proving to be limiting, especially after the Battle of Kursk. Initially, the Soviets wanted to build a new tank T-43, but the armor was overly heavy, and it had mobility issues. Instead, they changed the T-35 design to hold an 85 mm ZiS-S-53 to combat German Flak 88mm. The new design and turret also provided more space in the tank, allowing for five crew members rather than four. The price is not listed for the T34-5.


The M22 Locust was a World War II American-designed airborne light tank. The development of the M22 began in 1941 to answer the British military request for a light tank that could be carried by gliders. Only 830 were built with production ending in 1945. The tanks faced many technical problems and did not do well in action. For example, in March 1945, during Operation Varsity, several tanks were damaged upon landing, and a German self-propelled gun destroyed one. Only two of the eight made it to their rendezvous point. By 1946, the British Army labeled them obsolete. The biggest drawback to the tank was its thin armor. This World War II relic goes for around $55,000.


New tactical thinking with how to approach the armed forces in the USA began propping up around 1940. The U.S. Army decided it needed something better than the M2 light tank. In steps, the M3 Stuart. The M3 was fast and held 37 mm Gun M6. The tank was also cable of holding up to five .30 caliber (7.62 mm) Browning M1919A4 machine guns, later reduced to three. It performed in almost every theater of the war. The M3 proved admirable in Japan but faced issues in Europe due to its armor and armament. The U.S. Army Ordnance Department constructed a newer edition of the M3 called the M5 Stuart. The primary purpose of the M5 was the demand for radial engines. The M5 had many of the same qualities of M3 but boasted two Cadillac V8 automobile engines, which were more reliable and less likely to catch on fire like the previous Continental aviation engines. The M5 also contains a redesigned hull with a heightened deck over the engine compartment. The M5A1, on the other hand, is a variant of the design holding the turret of the M3A3. This tank goes for around $125,000.


In the late 1960s, the British Army issued prerequisites for a new Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or CVR(T). In 1967, Alvis Vehicles received the contract for their light tank. The FV101 Scorpion began production in 1972 and entered service in 1973. Alvis built more than 3000 tanks for the British Army, Royal Air Force Regiment, and the export market. As of 2019, the FV101 holds the Guinness world record for the fastest production tank. As for the vehicle itself, it was required to be air-portable. As a result, it only weighs 8 tonnes (17637 pounds) and can reach speeds of 50 miles per hour (80km/h). You can buy this tank for around 10,000 to 20,000.


The FV107 Scimitar is a reconnaissance vehicle, sometimes labeled a light tank. It is very similar in terms of design to the FV1010 Scorpion Tank. The most significant difference is it uses a 30mm RARDEN cannon rather than a 76mm gun. The FV107 lifespan also received an extension. As of 2019, it is still in active duty in the UK while the British Army withdrew the FV 101 in 1994. For private owners, the cannon was replaced with a dummy barrel. The price for a Scimitar will run you around 39,995.


The Altay main battle tank (MBT) is named after Army General Fahrettin Altay, a Turkish cavalry commander from the Turkish War of Independence. In 2008, the Turkish Ministry of Defense awarded the Turkish military vehicles manufacturer Otokar a $500 million contract for the design, development, and production of four MBT prototypes.


Otokar entered into a system development deal with South Korean tank maker, Hyundai Rotem, whose K2 Black Panther tank project serves as the basis for the development of the Altay. Both tanks share the same base design including the chassis, although the Altay is purportedly slightly longer, equipped with heavier armor, and, in comparison to the K2 MBT also sports a modified turret with composite armor.


Both tanks are also armed with a 120-millimeter smoothbore gun, although the K2 Black Panther MBT is equipped with an automatic loader, whereas the gun on the Altay has to be loaded manually. Furthermore, the Altay MBT has a laser guided missile firing capability and is additionally armed with 7.62 millimeter coaxial machine gun and a pintle-mounted 12.7 millimeter machine gun up top.


U.S. arms sales to Ukraine have become embroiled in a controversy over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, after the White House ordered nearly $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine to be withheld and Ukraine's new president raised arms sales with Trump on a controversial July 25 call.


The sale of Javelins is not part of the nearly $400 million of military assistance that the White House had ordered the State Department and Pentagon to withhold a week before Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. That aid, which has since been released, included assistance for maritime security, special operations units, secure communications and light weapons like sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.


On July 7, William Taylor, the top diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, announced that Ukraine had requested to purchase military equipment. One month later, charge d'affaires Taylor told Radio Free Liberty/Radio Europe that Ukraine specifically had asked for more Javelins. 041b061a72


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