General Dynamics Awarded $60 Million for Abrams Tank Upgrades

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The U.S. Army TACOM Life­cy­cle Man­age­ment Com­mand has award­ed Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems $60 mil­lion under an exist­ing con­tract to con­tin­ue upgrad­ing M1A1 tanks to the M1A2 Sys­tems Enhance­ment Pack­age (SEP) V2 con­fig­u­ra­tion. Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems is a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD).

The most tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced dig­i­tal tank, the M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved col­or dis­plays, day and night ther­mal sights, com­man­der remote oper­at­ed weapon sta­tion (CROWS II), a Ther­mal Man­age­ment Sys­tem (TMS) and a tank-infantry phone.The M1A2 SEP V2 max­i­mizes the fight­ing abil­i­ty of the tank on today’s bat­tle­field while prepar­ing the plat­form for tomorrow’s chal­lenges.

The orig­i­nal order was made under a mul­ti-year con­tract award­ed in Feb­ru­ary 2008, which autho­rized the upgrade of 435 M1A1 tanks that have been in the Army’s inven­to­ry for more than 20 years.General Dynam­ics is con­tin­u­ing the con­ver­sion of the tanks in the Army’s active com­po­nent to the M1A2 SEP V2 con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Work is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed by June of 2013 and will be per­formed by exist­ing employ­ees in Annis­ton, Ala.; Tal­la­has­see, Fla.; Ster­ling Heights, Mich.; Lima, Ohio; and Scran­ton, Pa.

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