General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has been contracted to upgrade the US Army’s M1A2 system enhancement package (SEP) v2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBT) to the M1A2 SEP Version 3 (v3) configuration.
The $92.2m contract was awarded by the Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) Lifecycle Management Command.
The company is working with the army to enhance the survivability, maintainability, fuel efficiency, power generation, and network capability of its fleet of Abrams MBTs.
GDLS tracked combat vehicles vice-president Donald Kotchman said: "Projected for full rate production within the next two years, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 will provide the army with the tank they need to dominate the battlefields of the future."
The firm will begin M1A2 SEPv3 production with a pilot programme of six tanks, before commencing full-rate production.
Work will be carried out by existing employees at facilities in Anniston of Alabama, Tallahassee of Florida, Lima of Ohio, and Scranton of Philadelphia, US.
In February, GDLS secured a task order to upgrade additional US Army M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 systems enhancement package (SEP) V2 configuration.
The M1A2 SEP V2 is an advanced digital tank featuring improved colour displays, a remote-operated weapon station, a thermal management system, and a tank-infantry phone providing commanders and crew members with increased situational awareness.
Manufactured by GDLS, the M1A2 Abrams tank is designed to engage enemy forces using enhanced firepower and manoeuvrability.
Image: M1A2 TUSK Abrams Tank. Photo: courtesy of United States Army and ZStoler.