An M1 Abrams Accidentally Fired on a Fellow Tank at Fort Bliss

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Mississippi National Guard soldiers prepare their M1 Abrams for a live-fire iteration.
Soldiers of Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team prepare their M1 Abrams for the live-fire iteration of Desert Observer Two on December 12, 2018. Desert Observer, a biannual event conducted as part of Task Force Spartan, is an exercise that integrates a three-stage planning process, a dry run-through and a joint live-fire exercise geared toward increasing interoperability and cohesiveness between the U.S. military and Kuwaiti Land Forces. (Bill Boecker/U.S. Army)

This article by Jared Keller originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues.

An M1 Abrams main battle tank accidentally fired on another tank during a training exercise at Fort Bliss on July 20, Task & Purpose has learned.

The incident, which involved an M1A2 Abrams assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, was first reported by Defence Blog and confirmed to Task & Purpose by Army officials.

The 1st Armored Division "is aware of an incident involving a Soldier and equipment" assigned to the 3rd ABCT, Lt. Col. Lindsey Elder told Task & Purpose in an email.

The incident took place during an M1 Abrams tank qualification exercise in a Fort Bliss Training Area at the base.

One soldier was injured and "received immediate medical assistance and is recovering in stable condition," Elder said.

According to Defence Blog, the incident allegedly involved an M1002 Target Practice Multipurpose Tracer (TPMP-T) training round.

Photos posted on the Instagram account @onefattanker appear to show the aftermath of the incident.

The incident is currently under investigation, Elder said.

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