Weapons Wednesday – Dump Tanks for Anti-Tank Weapons?

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

The U.S. Marines are experimenting with new anti-tank weapon systems to replace the main battle tank. Last year, the Marines deactivated all of their tank forces, and now they want anti-tank weapons that are lighter, longer-ranged, and easier to transport to distant battlefields.

The goal is to make smaller groups of Marines more dangerous than ever before, forcing an adversary to treat even a handful as a major threat.

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A U.S. Marine Corps M1A1 tank participating in the Foal Eagle exercise in South Korea, 2013.

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The Marines once planned to use M1A1 main battle tanks to kill enemy tanks, but now, the service is experimenting with unnamed precision-guided weapons launched from light armored vehicles with a range 15 to 20 times greater than the M1 Abrams, per U.S. Naval Institute News.

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