Transporting tanks to where they’re needed is not easy business. The military can’t simply drive them down the road, for a variety of reasons, including because they’re slow and heavy enough to damage asphalt, so more often than not, trains are the main means of transportation for tanks.
Transport airplanes come into the picture as well, but a lot rarer, especially during what still is, at least officially, peacetime. So, as soon as our eyes fell on a photo of an Abrams being loaded into a Globemaster, we knew we just had to have this featured as the Photo of the Day.
The image you see here was snapped at the end of August and recently made public by the USAF, and it shows a loading operation at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. We’re not told where the tank is going, or why is it doing it.
Abrams tanks and Kuwait have a long history behind them. The machines helped liberate the country from Iraqi invading forces back in the early 1990s, and have been around ever since.
Produced by a company called General Dynamics Land Systems (formerly Chrysler Defense), Abrams tanks now count over 10,000 units made. They are used primarily by the U.S., but also serve the military needs of Australia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Poland, among others. Over the years, the tank saw action in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.