The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $1.7bn foreign military sale to Kuwait for the recapitalisation of M1A2 tanks.
Under the sale, Kuwait seeks to receive 240 0.50 calibre M2A1 machine guns, 480 7.62mm M240 machine guns, 240 AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS radios, and 1,085 AN/PVS-7B night vision goggles in support of recapitalisation of 218 M1A2 tanks.
Built by General Dynamics Land Systems, M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks incorporate improved armaments, protection, and electronics.
Kuwait also requested the incorporation of cooling system / thermal management systems; common remotely operated weapons station (CROWS) II, low profile stabilised weapon stations; special armour; 120mm gun tubes; second-generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sights; embedded diagnostics; gunner’s primary sights; counter sniper; and anti-materiel mount (CSAMM) hardware.
The sale also covers upgrade / maintenance of engines and transmissions, depot level support, training devices, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training, and training equipment.
The procurement will help the Middle Eastern nation to recapitalise its fleet of M1A2 full track tanks in order to modernise and extend the service of the tanks.
General Dynamics Land Systems, Joint Services Manufacturing Center (JSMC), Konsberg Defense Systems, Raytheon, Meggitt Defense Systems, Northrop Grumman, DRS Technologies, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell will serve as principal contractors for the sale.
Image: M1A2 Abrams with TUSK equipment. Photo: courtesy of Mark Schierbecker.