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Corporate Abrams by VoughtVindicator Corporate Abrams by VoughtVindicator
After the downfall of nations, most major corporations have some sort of private military detail under their command to defend their installations, personnel and subsidiaries. However, the corporate militaries, radically fine-tuned to fight low-intensity, urban fourth generation warfare, are an extremely expensive enterprise.

Thus, much of the equipment of defunct national militaries is used and modified to fit the new nature of warfare to fit R&D costs. While not as effective as specifically designed machines, the upgrades to old equipment are cheaper. Consolidated Defense And Resources, an American industrial supercorporation originating in California that controls most of the former US tri-state area and the rust belt, has upgraded the old M1A2 Abrams tanks of the army of its former nation to adapt to this new form of warfare and form the backbone of its relatively small tank force.

Modifications include:

*Stripping most of the armor and lightening of the chassis. The tank is now largely armored by titanium plating ceramic composite blocks and NERA, after having its depleted uranium strike plates removed.
*Replacement of the Honeywell ATG gas turbine with two twin air-cooled three-phase 1210hp electric engines driven by large banks of lithium batteries arranged throughout the tank.
*Upgrading of the turret to be unmanned as well as to include an autoloader for the new 110mm smoothbore ETC gun. Now all crewmembers sit side-by-side in the frontal chassis section.
*Radical upgrading of the tank's C4ISR capabilities to include live-update battlefield networking with units from all branches as well as allied armies.
*Addition of Boomerang and BOSS surveillance systems.
* Replacement of the M2HB with an M312, integration of a CROWS mount.
*Addition of active infrared camouflage.
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:icontevo77777:
Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Writer
Where is this taking place?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Semi-futuristic version of Earth ruled by private corporations, there's a WIP timeline in the same gallery section
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
Are you making more of this gloriousness?

Infantry?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've drawn infantry, they look fairly normal

here's the other stuff

voughtvindicator.deviantart.co…
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
No JG infantry?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, as I said I don't find much of a point in doing JG sprites of the infantry when they look basically identical to modern regulars or civilians.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Writer
So no round change or different scopes or different body armor or different camo? What about helmets?
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking the Abrams' cannon should be replaced with the more powerful rail gun. Yeah, I've been playing Command & Conquer...!

Anyway, awesome work!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no real need for a railgun considering the tank will spend very little time fighting against other MBTs (the only target armored enough to warrant a railgun) and the vast majority of its time supporting infantry un urban environments, where the slightly shorter, less powerful but faster-firing and simpler ETC gun will come in handy
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What I was thinking was the imaginative and fictional one.

Still, a nice tank BTW!
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's imaginative. It's also subjective too.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's subjective? Not sure I get you lol
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We all have different perspectives on things. One can agree to what I say while the other says otherwise.

You say a rail gun isn't needed, but I think otherwise. Whether having a rail gun in an imaginary military tank is up to interpretation. That is subjective. Get me?
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could be used as a piece of humor entitled 'Difference between the Army and paid Mercenaries' with the humor being the overuse of warning labels all over compromising the camouflage of the tank.

I like the idea of an additional 50 cal machine gun on the main gun, with its position it will have to be remotely fired from inside.

The tanks I draw in [link] , [link] and [link] have the driver and commander/gunner (2 people) in the hull with the turret and all its weapons fully automated with an auto-loader mechanism resembling that of a giant revolver for faster firing. Apart from that its a mix between the Abrams and Leopard.
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TheDeadlyYears Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Turret makes me think of the early versions of the Leopard 2.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, was inspired by that; the shape owes to that it's basically filling in the slope of Abrams' frontal turret armor with NERA since the core of its armor -the DU strikeplates- got removed to save weight
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TheDeadlyYears Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I still think it might be a good idea to retain the slope of the armor as much as possible. How well does titanium hold up versus the Abrams' real armor, anyway? I really have no clue. ^^; I mean, I know titanium is supposed to be several times harder than solid steel, but versus depleted uranium.... -shrugs-
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Titanium is far less resistant than depleted uranium; the only place where it's used as armor is in close air support aircraft (like the AH-64, Su-25, A-10, etc.) because it's resistant yet lightweight so that it doesn't stop the planes from flying. However, tanks don't need to fly and almost always use much heavier and more resistant materials like depleted uranium, boron carbide, etc; since titanium doesn't really have a chance of surviving against an RPG or tank shell hit.

This thing uses titanium as armor component to save weight so that it is more easily transported to wherever it needs to be deployed, to be able to move over roads repeatedly without damaging them and to be much less costly to manufacture and maintain. The titanium offers some protection against machineguns and autocannons, anything else more powerful is supposed to be absorbed by the non-reactive armor or destroyed by the Active Defense System.

Also, sloping isn't as useful as it's said to be nowadays, as long-rod kinetic energy penetrators are capable of 'veering' against the slope. This tank though keeps the slope of the Abrams, except now it's buried underneath a rather beefy layer of non-explosive reactive armor to be more protected against HEAT warheads.
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TheDeadlyYears Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I've heard depleted uranium isn't so.... healthy.... though.

Ah, so it only LOOKS flat. Sorry, my modern armor/weapons knowledge is somewhat lacking; I'm more familiar with WWI and WWII tanks and such.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, the one that's unhealthy is enriched uranium, seeing how it's highly radioactive. Depleted uranium is chemically toxic when you touch it, but the crewmembers of the tank never come into direct contact with the armor of their tank anyways.

And I can see where you're coming from, sloped armor used to be the big thing in WWII designs :D
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TheDeadlyYears Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
The crews might come in contact if pieces of it get blown off! lol

As far I can tell, it was an effective and proven asset then.... and weapon warheads weren't near the sophistication that they are today. Heh, one of my favorite things, though, is that (from what I read) just the kinetic energy from a JSU-152's main round was enough to rip a Tiger's turret clean off!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was the explosive energy of its HE shells, as far as I know the ISU-152 didn't have any kinetic energy warhead. Its munitions carried so much explosive that they didn't even need to pierce the armor of enemy tanks, they just outright demolished their structure on detonation.

Also, if the armor got pierced and the crew cabin got filled with shrapnel, inhaling DU is the least of the crew's problems, lol
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Hagure-Hitogata Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
´pderosos esos tanques asi quiero tener mi ejercito con estas bellezas
me recordo a bart simpson en el general jejee
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Cool!
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bagra3006 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, this is JG style! What's your JG user name?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't have any
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bagra3006 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh.
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AkKAla5H Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The CR-MT77M1 looks like the German Leopard 2
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's based on an Abrams chassis, but it has a reworked turret that looks liknd of like the Leopard 2A7+
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Nice design
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Stealthflanker Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW got a question.. will electric power guarantee lower noise ? compared to conventional powerplant (diesel or gas turbine) ?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, an electric engine is almost noiseless. Compare the electric Tesla Roadster to a Porsche or Corvette and you'll see it's basically silent.
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Stealthflanker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see.

Tanks'a lot :D
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Qsec Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Can I make a photo manip version if I've time?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course, go ahead, it'll be interesting to see what you come up with :D got any ideas?
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Qsec Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Here it is => :thumb296063604:
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, love it. You did a nice job =P
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Qsec Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
thank you.
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the military version has it's mg IN the turret and next to the main cannon, no-reasearch man
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wrong. The TUSK version has an extra M2 above the canon on top of the M240 coaxial that's next to the main gun. They had to put it on top of the main gun because there was no way of accomodating it inside the turret. Here's an image: [link]

Also I didn't draw the top one derp.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow didn't know the TUSK version had that. This is a first.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Writer
It's kinda the whole point of the TUSK upgrade actually.
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
srry, i only see the standard-issue version
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enc86 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
nice work, i was thinking of doing an Abrams model in a color very similar to this( for a diorama). you made really cool design changes as well.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. Would be interesting to see that diorama
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enc86 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
your welcome and it will be in maybe in a couple of months after i get done the next few i am working on. the Abrams is going to be the center piece for a metal gear inspired diorama. and again nice work, your design gives me some food for thought
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