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July 14, 2022

GDLS to deliver protection capabilities for US Army Abrams Tanks

The M1A2 SEPv2 and M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tanks will be equipped with Trophy Ready Kits.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has secured an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth up to $280.1m, to provide key protection capabilities for the US Army Abrams main battle tanks.

As agreed, the company will deliver Trophy Ready Kits as an Active Protection System (APS) for the Abrams tanks.

The Trophy can identify and engage potential threats such as anti-tank guided missiles, rockets, tank rounds, recoilless rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades.

The M1A2 SEPv2 and M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tanks will be equipped with the kits as needed. The addition will enhance the tanks’ survivability on the battlefield.

GDLS US operations vice-president Gordon Stein said: “We are honoured to have been chosen by the Army to continue to provide this important capability to keep tank crew members and their vehicles safe on the battlefield.”

The work on the contract is expected to continue until mid-2027.

GDLS is a business unit of General Dynamics and focuses on providing design, engineering, technology, production, and full life-cycle support for land combat vehicles. It mainly serves the US military and its allies

Last month, the US Army selected GDLS’ mobile protected firepower (MPF) offering through a competitive process. The $1.14bn Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract will offer more firepower for the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs).

Parent firm General Dynamics reported a full-year revenue of $38.5bn for 2021. The figure represents a 1.4% increase compared to the previous year.

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