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General Dynamics Gets $714M to Upgrade Battle Tanks

The Army has now ordered more than three brigades of tanks.

The Abrams Main Battle Tank.
The Abrams Main Battle Tank.
General Dynamics

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – General Dynamics Land Systems has received a $714 million delivery order from the U.S. Army to upgrade an additional 174 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to the state-of-the-art M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. 

This brings the total of M1A2 SEPv3 tanks ordered by the Army in 2018 to 274 (more than three brigades of tanks). 

The M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advancements in communications, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, plus upgraded armor. The delivery order is part of an Army Requirements Contract signed in December 2017 through which the Army can upgrade up to 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. 

Work on this delivery order will be performed at Land Systems locations in Scranton, Pa., and Tallahassee, Fla., and at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, the only operational tank plant in the country. 

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