M1 Abrams Tank Sounds Like a Jet

This M1 Abrams tank got stuck in the mud and these guys do their best to get it back on solid ground. The M1 Abrams is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of U.S. military forces in the Vietnam War. The Abrams remained untested in combat until the Persian Gulf War in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. A total of 1,848 M1A1s were deployed to Saudi Arabia to participate in the liberation of Kuwait. The tank was capable of making kills at ranges in excess of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft.). This range was crucial in combat against previous generation tanks of Soviet design in Desert Storm, as the effective range of the main gun in the Soviet/Iraqi tanks was less than 2,000 meters (6,600 ft.). This meant Abrams tanks could hit Iraqi tanks before the enemy got in range. The M1 Abrams uses a gas turbine propulsion system. The turbine is very quiet when compared to diesel engines of similar power output, reducing the audible distance of the sound, thus earning the Abrams the nickname ‘whispering death’.