General Dynamics awarded Abrams spares contract
General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a contract by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide spare parts in support of the Abrams main battle tank. The company announced the three-year IDIQ contract - with an estimated potential value of $9.5 million – on 11 April.
The contract will see General Dynamics provide DLA with spares for the M1A2 system enhancement package (SEP) version 1 and version 2 series of tanks through April 2016. These SEP v1 and v2 tanks feature sophisticated command and control systems, second-generation thermal sights, improved armour and many other capabilities for the fully digitised platform.
Graz Graziano, vice president, Combat Support and Sustainment, General Dynamics Land Systems, said: ‘The DLA has a strategic goal of reducing costs by $10 billion in five years and General Dynamics Land Systems is committed to helping them achieve it. By aligning our approach to support their objective, we presented DLA with new ideas for significant material-cost reduction over the life of this contract. We look forward to additional opportunities to continue this partnership in the future.’
The company said that programme management for the contract will be performed at General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection in Ladson, while parts will be manufactured at General Dynamics Land Systems' Scranton manufacturing facility.
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