Egyptian officials have been vocal about their disappointment with U.S. policy, particularly after the Obama administration announced it would withhold part of an annual $1.3 billion aid package last month. The U.S. has also frozen delivery of military equipment including Apache helicopters, F-16 aircrafts, M1A1 Abrams tank parts and Harpoon missiles until it sees some progress on democratic reforms.
July 21, 2016 - Marines with Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, assume their battle positions in M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks during their annual training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., the day before their culminating event. The culminating event was comprised of both offensive and defensive operations against a notional adversary, where 4th Tank Bn. took the lead as the most heavily armored asset. During the event, the tanks formed screen lines, a stationary force that established a series of positions along a designated line to provide overlapping observation and lines of fire. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabrielle Quire)
The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged in fighting with militants, five of them suffering full armour penetration when hit by ATGMs. The United States supplied 140 refurbished M1A1 Abrams tanks to Iraq between 2010 and 2012. While they have new equipment to improve situational awareness, they do not have the depleted uranium amour package that increases protection over the tank's frontal arc.
July 19, 2016 - Marines with Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, fire a M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during their annual training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Marines fired the tanks to adjust their battle sight zero before the main event of their annual training. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabrielle Quire)
The M1A1 Abrams main battle tank is a further development of the M1