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Kick ass photo of a M1 Abrams tank blasting its cannon like a fire beast

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It’s not only the fire breathing blast that’s cool in this photo of a M1 Abrams firing its 120mm smoothbore cannon, it’s also the dirt rising from the ground and the dust that surrounds the tank like a forcefield. There is so much power in one picture.

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US Marines:

An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires its 120 mm smoothbore cannon during a live-fire event as part of Exercise Eager Lion 2015 in Jordan, May 9, 2015.

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Is heavy armor like the Abrams tank becoming anachronistic? These types of armored vehicles are designed to be used in the open country and are most effective in a war involving broad fronts. They’re nearly useless without infantry support.

But the US hasn’t fought a war like that since WWII. This weapon was designed to be used in a possible WWIII in Europe, which was imagined to be a broad front war (by some). Modern conflicts are smaller, hit-and-run affairs, with no discernable front. I understand their utility in actions like the invasion of Iraq in 1991 and 2003, but the real war started after that, didn’t it? How useful were these tanks in 2004? 2005? Shoulder held weapons can destroy or cripple these vehicles, as can IED’s. There are weapons that can destroy these tanks before they are even seen. How useful are these tanks in urban warfare? Not very, I would think, especially against a determined and resourceful adversary.

Are these vehicles going the way of the battleship? It may be impressive to see the guns of a battleship blaze away, but you won’t see any in service anymore.