General Dynamics Awarded $31 Million for Abrams Tank Upgrades

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US M1A1 tanks of 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, US, are loaded onto trains. (Credit: WON DAE-YEON/AFP/Getty Images)

US M1A1 tanks of 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, US, are loaded onto trains. (Credit: WON DAE-YEON/AFP/Getty Images)

STERLING HEIGHTS — The United States Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $31 million to begin upgrading 24 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and 22 M1A2 System Enhance Package (SEP) Version One (V1) tanks to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration.

General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The most technologically advanced digital tank available, the M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved color displays, day and night thermal sights, auxiliary power and a tank-infantry phone. The configuration is a digitally connected tank with a state-of-the-art electronic backbone, powerful computers and an open architecture designed to accept future technologies without the need for significant re-design. The SEP enhancements make the Abrams the most survivable tank in the world and enable it to fight as part of the Joint Force network for decades to come.

The order authorizes the modernization of tanks that have been in the Army’s inventory for up to 20 years. Work will be performed in Anniston, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Lima, Ohio; and Scranton, Penn., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2014.

This award maintains the stability of the U.S. combat vehicle industrial base and helps protect critical commercial defense resources. Abrams production helps preserve a strong national industrial base of approximately 882 suppliers, 64 percent of which are small businesses, as well as a strong national defense.

General Dynamics Land Systems is a leading manufacturer of wheeled, tracked and amphibious combat vehicles, offering a spectrum of design, production and lifecycle support to customers worldwide. Its portfolio of vehicle platforms includes the Stryker wheeled combat vehicle, the Abrams main battle tank and the MRAP class of tactical vehicles. The company employs world-class manufacturing and systems-integration processes to develop vehicles designed to meet current and future ground-combat requirements.

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