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(Video Report) Army Climate Strategy: Future Abrams Tanks Powered with Hybrid Electric Propulsion?

Hybrid electric propulsion allows for Silent Watch, where a tank can conduct clandestine missions without having to emit an acoustic or infrared signature.

 By Kris Osborn - President & Editor-In-Chief, Warrior Maven

The US Army's new climate strategy introduces the possibility that heavily armed vehicles like an Abrams tank could be integrated with hybrid electric propulsion. This brings a number of key advantages.

US Soldiers from 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in an M1 Abrams main battle tank in Biaj, Iraq, 

US Soldiers from 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in an M1 Abrams main battle tank in Biaj, Iraq, 

But if a tank can travel further into enemy territory behind enemy lines and close with an enemy, without needing as much of a logistics trail as much fuel, it can certainly be much more tactically effective and be able to implement an effect or have an effect on an enemy in the battlefield. 

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Also, hybrid electric propulsion allows for something called Silent watch, where a tank can conduct clandestine missions without having to emit an acoustic or infrared signature be a lot less detectable to an enemy. 

The process will evolve slowly, but the army is very much in the early phases of making this happen. 

Kris Osborn is the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President - Center for Military Modernization