Although not proven on the battlefield, it is believed that the combat ability of Abrams X will not be inferior to the new generation Russian T-14 Armata.
According to the developer, the next generation Abrams X MBT has many improved features compared to its predecessors.
The Abrams X is 10 tons lighter than previous Abrams versions, with an automatic turret, which not only helps it save fuel but also increases its maneuverability on the battlefield. Abrams X is applying artificial intelligence (AI) to the fire control system. New generation sensors detect other tanks more easily, quickly identify “friend or foe” and then mark the target that needs to be destroyed. Abrams X is equipped with a hybrid-diesel hybrid engine, which is claimed to be 50% more fuel efficient than the latest upgraded versions, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 and Abrams M1A2 SEPv4.
Abrams X has an automatic loader, which reduces the number of crew members. Its protection is also enhanced. In addition to the main gun, there is a 30mm caliber remote control gun. The Abrams X makes less noise and is quieter than the M1A2 tank. The hybrid-diesel engine also helps to reduce sound and heat. It can be combined with unmanned ground combat vehicles when integrated with advanced technologies.
It is estimated that it will take a few more years before the Abrams X can be put into mass production. Meanwhile, the Russian T-14 Armata tank began to be commissioned, although in limited numbers. The T-14 Armata is considered the most modern main battle tank in the world today, integrated with an advanced electronic warfare system as well as strong offensive and defensive capabilities. T-14 is equipped with a powerful diesel engine with a capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower for a speed of more than 80km/h, a range of 500km. The vehicle weighs 48 tons and 8.7 meters long.
According to the ad, the T-14 significantly improves survivability on the battlefield. The front is covered by explosive reactive armor equivalent to 950 mm. The Afghanit active protection system can counter enemy anti-tank missiles, working in tandem with a second layer of defense, the Malachit explosive reactive armor.
The T-14 Armata has an automatic turret, with a 125mm 2A82-1M main gun, an automatic loader and a 45-round magazine. Armata T-14 is divided into three compartments, with three crew members in the front, away from the autoloader and magazine to ensure safety in the event of an attack.
In theory, Abrams X and T-14 Armata both have many modern features and outstanding power, but have not been proven in the field. The outcome for a confrontation would be very difficult to predict. The Abrams X and T-14 Armata are both well protected and equipped with state-of-the-art weapons. If the Malachit system protects the T-14 Armata from attacks on the roof, the Abrams X has outstanding mobility. Their design provides optimal crew protection compared to other tanks. Military experts say that the main factor determining the success of the tanks if they face each other on the battlefield will be the skill and experience of the crew. The conflict that has lasted more than eight months in Ukraine has given Russian tank soldiers a lot of valuable combat experience. Russia is likely to mobilize infantry in combat plans to destroy the enemy’s anti-tank missile batteries. Meanwhile, American tank soldiers have not had such experiences for a long time. Therefore, US mobile warfare experts are closely monitoring how the Armata tank works in combat to learn new tactics to deal with this tank generation.