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Palomar Display Products has been awarded a contract for supply of military display systems for installation onboard an undisclosed international military customer’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank (MBT).

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command (ACC), the $2.2m firm fixed price contract seeks delivery of unspecified units of Palomar’s military display for M1A2 tank’s fire control system.

Palomar Display Products president, Dennis Crothers, said that the contract award reaffirms the company’s position as the primary supplier of thermal sight displays for the US and international armoured vehicle market.

”This repeat award contributes to our 2014 backlog,” Crothers said.

The high resolution, optically coupled displays to be provided under the contract, have been specifically designed and qualified for the M1A2 Abrams tank, according to the company.

The latest order is the second contract to have been awarded by the army this year for supply of military display systems for an undisclosed customer’s M1A2 Abrams tanks.

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"Polamar’s high-resolution tactical targeting displays provide operators with superior image quality and the ability to multi-task."

A $3.8m firm fixed price contract was secured by the company in February for delivery of displays through 2013.

Currently installed on tens of thousands of armoured vehicles worldwide, Polamar’s high-resolution tactical targeting displays provide operators with superior image quality and the ability to multi-task, simultaneously freeing up valuable space within the vehicle.

All deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place through 2014.

Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems, the M1A2 Abrams tank is designed to engage and attack enemy forces using enhanced firepower, manoeuvrability and shock effect in the battlefield.

An upgraded variant of the US Army and Marine Corps M1A1 MBT, the tank features improved armament and electronics, such as a commander’s independent thermal viewer, weapon station, position navigation equipment and a full set of controls and displays networked by a digital data bus.

Image: US M1A2 Abrams tank being prepared for firing practice rounds at Forward Operating Base Hammer in Wasit, Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Charles M. Willingham.

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