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Published on Jul 28, 2011
The most potent force in that arsenal is the M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 1st Armoured Regiment (1AR). The US-made M1A1 Abrams is a well armed, heavily armoured and highly mobile tank. It is powered by a gas-turbine jet engine and is capable of speeds of 70+ km/h, has a range of 480km, a 120mm cannon and .50 calibre machine gun. CPL Zachary 'Zac' Williams (Shepparton, Vic) knows the capabilities of the M1A1 Abrams very well. As a crew commander of a B Squadron M1A1 Abrams tank at 1AR, CPL Williams is responsible for all aspects of his tank including navigation, battle tactics, gunnery and a crew of three others: a driver, gunner and loader. Australia has purchased 59 M1A1 Abrams tanks The Abrams first entered service with the Army in 2007 and it has now replaced the German-made Leopard AS1 tank as Australia's main battle tank.