General Dynamics awarded additional Saudi Abrams work
General Dynamics Land Systems will convert a number of M1A1 and M1A2 Abrams tanks to the Saudi M1A2 (M1A2S) configuration under a foreign military sales contract announced on 19 September. The $187.5 million contract was issued by the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces.
A total of 44 M1A1 and 40 M1A2 Abrams tanks will be converted by General Dynamics. The contract continues work started in 2008.
The M1A2S conversion increases the efficiency and capability of the tank, with enhanced firepower, manoeuvrability and protection capabilities.
Work will be carried out at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of March 2015.
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