The US Army has awarded General Dynamics a $20m contract to reset 36 M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) main battle tanks.

The reset process restores used equipment to combat-level capability and will feature improved technology that will bolster crew situational awareness.

The upgrade includes second-generation Forward-Looking Infrared, Far Target Locate, a tank-infantry phone and driver’s vision enhancement.

General Dynamics says the improvements will increase the tank’s fighting capability by providing soldiers with an electronic graphic of the battlefield that features icons for friendly and enemy forces and provides a tank commander’s thermal sight for the the .50 calibre machine gun.

Work on the Abrams is expected to be completed by November 2008.