Why The M1 Abrams Uses Depleted Uranium

Spookston – Dec 16, 2020




Despite its appearance, the M1 Abrams is actually a fairly unique main battle tank. Aside from its gas turbine engine, one of its more interesting and controversial aspects is its use of depleted uranium, both for its armor and its ammunition. The US began using depleted uranium (DU) armor on the M1A2, and has been using it ever since. There are some common misconceptions about DU, about both its effects and why it’s used in the first place. DU probably won’t give you cancer but it’s still dangerous.

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