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The M1A1 Abrams Tank in Egypt

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Egypt -- a land famous for its great Pyramids, the Sphinx, vast deserts, oases, the Nile River, and the best trained tank crews in the Arab world. The United States supports the Arab Republic of Egypt with financial aid and security assistance. One of the largest efforts in the U.S. security assistance arena is the co-production and fielding of the M1A1 Abrams, the U.S. Armys main battle tank, by the Egyptian Land Forces ELF. Along with the co-production of 524 M1A1s, is the fielding, New Equipment Training NET, and follow-on support for the Egyptian Army. This is the mission of the U.S. Army M1A1 Technical Assistance Field Team TAFT. The M1A1 TAFT was originally set up in 1989 to assist the Egyptian Land Forces in preparing for the introduction of the tank into their combat units. Once fielding began in June 1993, the team was expanded to 11 members to provide hands-on technical assistance. The M1A1 TAFT supports two aspects of the fielding On the Job Training OJT for the tank crews, and hands-on assistance with maintenance of the tank and related equipment. The TAFT is headed by a U.S. Army Armor Branch Lieutenant Colonel, with two M1A1 Master Gunners to oversee the crew training portion of the mission. A maintenance team of an Ordnance Corps Major, two Warrant Officers, and four NCOs provide training and advice to the ELF maintenance personnel assigned to the M1A1 units. The support covers all maintenance activities from Organizational Level to Intermediate General Support, and assists in the set up of all maintenance facilities for the tank. Along with the Americans who serve on the TAFT, there are Egyptian Army counterpart TAFT members who have a very significant role in the fielding process. Together, the American and Egyptian counterparts share in the fielding effort, learning a great deal from each other in the process.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Combat Vehicles

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