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History

The Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK) is a series of improvements to the M1A2 Abrams intended to improve fighting ability in urban environments.

Armor upgrades include reactive armor on the sides of the tank and slat armor (similar to that on the Stryker) on the rear to protect against rocket-propelled grenades and other shaped charge warheads. A Transparent Armor Gun Shield and a thermal sight system are added to the loader's top-mounted M240B 7.62 mm machine gun, and a Kongsberg Gruppen Remote Weapon Turret carrying a .50 caliber machine gun (again similar to that used on the Stryker) is in place of the tank commander's original .50 caliber machine gun mount, wherein the commander had to expose himself to fire the weapon manually. An exterior telephone allows supporting infantry to communicate with the tank commander.

Ingame

The Tusk 2 is a vast improvemant to its previous counterpart in terms of survivability and firepower. When first purchasing the Tusk 2 stock the armor is noticeably worse than the M1A2 but when further upgraded it will be more superior. Also as of update 2.3 while upgrading you tanks into higher levels you may notice the lack of variety of other tanks besides other Tusk 2s and T-14 Armatas, this is due to the Tusk 2 and Armatas being to most powerful tanks in-game only being able to duke it out with each other only.

Pros

  • Increased health
  • Increased armor protection
  • Increased gun performance in terms of firepower and reload
  • The second highest level tank ingame

Cons

  • High profile
  • Slower speed than the standard M1A2
  • Slower turret rotation than standard M1A2
  • Cannot use ATGMs
  • Vulnerable to APDS rounds
  • Can only engage T-14 Armatas and other Tusk2s