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M1A2 TUSK Abrams Tank

This is an M1A2 TUSK Abrams Tank, similar to the one involved in a rollover near Townsend. 

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The 163rd Infantry Battalion based at Fort Harrison was involved in a battle tank rollover during a training exercise last month near Townsend. 

The Montana National Guard and out-of-state officials are currently investigating the M1 Abrams tank accident. They have not yet made a report. 

Captain Dan Bushnell, public affairs officer with the Montana National Guard, said the Feb. 8 accident caused “minor injuries that were dealt with.”

The injured soldiers were released the same day and the tank has been recovered, Bushnell said. 

Costing between $5 million and $8 million to manufacture, the M1A2 Abrams tanks are the newest variants of the United States military’s Abrams tank, which has been in production since 1980. The extent of the damage will not be determined until the investigation is complete. 

This was the first time a Montana National Guard tank was involved in an accident during a training exercise since 1989, when one guardsman was killed and another was injured as two tanks collided.

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