The M1 Abrams is the U.S. Army's flagship tank. It is noted for its high maneuverability, endurance and firepower. Its latest version currently in service, the M1A2, includes missiles that automatically fire to explode munitions aimed at the vehicle before it is hit.
Bradley M2 and M3
With similar field mobility to the M1 Abrams, the Bradley M2 and M3 infantry fighting vehicles are no slouches. They are lightly armored vehicles that serve both in fighting and transporting soldiers. The M2 is primarily intended for infantry transport, while the M3 is for scouting or terrain reconnaissance.
The Stryker family of vehicles is used to move brigades quickly. Some twenty variants are built for specific purposes, but all are based on a standard chassis. Pictured is an infantry transport vehicle (ICV). They can reach up to 60 miles per hour and have a range of 310 miles.
Amphibious assault vehicle
From ship to shore to the front lines. That is the dangerous route for which the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) was devised while transporting cargo and marines. Its use was curtailed after an accident in California, which hastened the development of its successor: the Amphibious Combat Vehicle. In 2026, it will be permanently retired.
M1150 Assault Vehicle
Built from the M1 Abrams chassis (image 1), the M1150 Assault Vehicle removes obstacles from the Army's path. It first launches and detonates its mine-clearing system, then secures a track with its mine plow and ensures the road is clear using its lane marking system. Requiring a staff of just two soldiers it creates a clear lane the width of a tank.
M60 Armored Vehicle Bridge Launcher
Informally described as a "transformer," the M60 Armored Bridge Launcher is a mobile bridge. Its design is based on a tank, and it carries a scissor bridge folded over its chassis. It can extend the bridge in three minutes and retract it in 10 minutes. According to the specialized site Weapon System, it is 62 feet long and can support about 119,000 pounds.
The Oshkosh L-ATV is "the future of light combat vehicles," according to its manufacturer. It was designed to replace the classic Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle). Among its most outstanding innovations is that it has similar protection to larger armored vehicles with less movement, created to resist mine explosions and ambushes.
The M1117 ASV (armored security vehicle) is an all-terrain vehicle the Army uses for military police tasks, such as patrolling insecure areas or carrying out operations with prisoners of war. It also serves, among others, for convoy protection missions. Its armor protects four crew members from bullets, explosives and air strikes.
M109A6 Paladin howitzer
The M109A6 is the Army's primary self-propelled artillery - it does not rely on another vehicle to carry the heavy weapon. It can carry a 155-millimeter howitzer. It debuted in the Vietnam War and is still active as one of the most widely used combat vehicles in the United States.
M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket Launching System
The M270 MLRS (multiple rocket launch system) is a self-propelled rocket launcher. It has 12 rockets. The launcher has an advanced self-loading and self-pointing system and can fire all its ammunition in less than 60 seconds. The vehicle's base is the same as the Bradley (image 2).