During the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, the U.S. deployed its latest M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks and these continued to be used in Iraq during the subsequent occupation period. Due to the threats posed by RPGs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the urban environments, the tanks were upgraded with more protection in the form of Tank Urban Survival Kits (TUSK I) in 2004. The upgrade included features such as reactive armor on the hull sides, hull underside armor to protect against land mines, an M2 machine gun mounted above the main gun barrel, infrared cameras for the crew, and an external telephone for communication with accompanying infantry. A further development called TUSK II added features such as tile-shaped reactive armor to the turret and hull sides, armored shield for the commander, and a rear-view camera. The TUSK kits could be installed in field depots in about 12 hours and different tanks had different features equipped. TUSK kits could only be installed in theatre due to the reactive armor. The Tamiya 1/35 scale model uses new data gathered to ensure it is the best M1A1 kit in the model world.
MARKING OPTIONS:  One decal sheet with markings for 3 versions:
1) Tusk II 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Baghdad, July 2008
2) Tusk I 68th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Iraq
3) Tusk I 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Iraq
SPECS:    Scale: 1/35
COMMENTS: Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.
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