US Army begins live-fire accuracy screening test of M1A2 Abrams tanks


US Army soldiers are conducting a live-fire accuracy screening test (LFAST) prior to live-fire gunnery training in Poland.

The LFAST is being carried out to ensure that M1A2 Abrams tanks belonging to 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 4th Infantry Division can fire accurately using the fleet zero calibration method.

Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems, the tank has a two-axis, Raytheon gunner's primary line-of-sight, which provides faster target acquisition and enhanced gun pointing.

It  also equipped with an eyesafe laser range finder provided by Northrop Grumman Laser Systems, as well as a digital fire control computer.

The tanks adjust their sights using a common zero procedure that has been established for each ammunition type, the US Army said in a statement.

Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment commander captain Justin Bowen said: "We arrived in Poland a week ago.

"We are out here today conducting our LFAST and zero gunnery range in preparation for our ranges later this month. We are strong. We are ready to fight."

Upon finishing their initial training, soldiers will head to Bulgaria and Romania early next month as part of a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a combined US and Nato effort in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Since April 2014, US Army Europe has led land forces efforts on behalf of the US military, by conducting continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Eastern Europe.


Image:  A tanker from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division wait to engage its target. Photo: courtesy of Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos.