General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has finally shown the first clear picture of its next-generation main battle tank concept. This comes after months of vague hints.

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin posted a video on Saturday featuring the so-called “AbramsX” technology demonstrator rolling around a test site, showcasing the “transformative technology” behind the tank concept before the whole system is unveiled at the meeting.

The Association of the United States Army will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC, next week.

Although specifics on the Abrams X are still lacking, GDLS claims that the new tank concept has “reduced weight for increased mobility and transportability,” which would allow it to have the same tactical range as the M1A2 Abrams model. Already in use, consuming around half the fuel with a far smaller crew.

The War Zone reported earlier this month that the AbramsX would likely have several new weapon systems and sensors. These include a Kongsberg Protector RS6 30mm remote weapon station mounted on top of its main turret, what looks like an advanced 120mm main gun, a version of the Trophy active protection system that has been tested on the Army’s current fleet of M1 Abrams tanks in recent years, and electronic warfare systems.

Not only is it deadly, but it also has “AI-enabled lethality” based on the company’s next-generation Katalyst electronic architecture for advanced mobility and target acquisition.

The AbramsX has manned/unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and a number of autonomous systems, but it is also quiet.

According to GDLS, “The AbramsX’s hybrid power pack supports the US Army’s climate control and electrification strategies, improves silent surveillance, and even allows some noise-free mobility.” This means that the new Abrams concept could move around the battlefield more quietly than previous versions.

The GDLS says that the AbramsX will be a “key node in lethal battlefield networks” and will connect the current Abrams SEPv3 and the recently released SEPv4 to make a “tank of the future,” no matter what size it is. Appearance.

The SEPv3 update for the Abrams “includes turret and hull armor improvements, mine blast improvements, reactive armor tiles, light ventral armor, improved countermine equipment, and improvised explosive device (IED) jamming equipment.”

“According to the documents, it will have a Total Integrated Engine Revitalization (TIGER) engine, an upgraded transmission, an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), upgraded power generation and distribution, and an Ammunition Data Link (ADL) for smart munitions. The budget for the Army.

Upgrades to SEPv4 include “new laser rangefinder technology, color cameras, integrated onboard networking, new slip rings, advanced weather sensors, ammunition data links, laser warning receivers, and a 120-pound tank shell.” Army officials told Warrior Maven in 2016 that the.50 caliber was “much more deadly and versatile.”

It’s not clear when soldiers will be able to use AbramsX. The service just got its first six early productions built of SEPv3 in October 2017 and started testing SEPv4 this year.