M1 Winter Tank Test (Traction Devices)
MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIV HOUGHTON KEWEENAW RESEARCH CENTER
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Performance tests were conducted on an Abrams M1 tank to determine the overall vehicle operating characteristics and the effectiveness of traction aids on iced and snowy surfaces. The tests involved a comparison of how the M1 tank handled with an unmodified T156 track, a T156 track with ice shoes, and a T156 track with tungsten carbide tipped studs. The vehicle was tested for stopping distance, slope climbing ability, and the time required to negotiate a fixed slalom course.
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