11 Jan 2019

General Dynamics awarded Abrams Main Battle Tank upgrade

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $714 million contract to upgrade 174 additional M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration on behalf of the US Army.

According to General Dynamics, this recent award brings the total number of M1A2 SEPv3 tanks ordered by the US Army in 2018 to 274. The M1A2 SEPv3 configuration introduces numerous advancements, boosting communications, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency alongside significant armor upgrades.

The award also forms part of an ‘Army Requirements Contract’ agreed in December 2017, through which the US Army can upgrade up to 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEPv3 configuration.

“We’re proud to help the Army provide world-class combat capability to Armored Brigade Combat Teams,” said Don Kotchman, Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics Land Systems US Market. “This delivery order, along with our previous orders, means our production line will be rolling at a steady rate through 2021.”

The delivery order will now be carried out across two separate Land Systems facilities in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Tallahassee, Florida, in addition to the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio – currently the only operational tank plant in the United States.

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