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General Dynamics to Unveil 120S Main Battle Tank at IDEF 2001

ANKARA, Turkey – On 27 September, General Dynamics will introduce its 120S Main Battle Tank during the opening ceremonies at IDEF 2001 in Ankara, Turkey.

The General Dynamics 120S is an upgrade of the M60 tank. The 120S is a unique product that integrates the M1A1 120-mm turret, equipped with a 240X4 Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), onto a fully modernized M60 chassis.

The survivability of the 120S is unmatched. The turret is protected with the latest armor, which was successfully demonstrated to the Turkish Main Battle Tank Committee. Additionally, the 120-mm ammunition is fully compartmentalized, providing optimum system survivability as demonstrated in the 1991 Gulf War.

The 120S chassis includes an M1A1 suspension system, giving the tank greatly improved cross-country mobility and a stable base for fire-on-the-move accuracy similar to the Abrams tank.

The new 120S is fully functional, ready to accept a powerpack of the customer’s choice. To achieve mobility similar to an M1A2 Abrams tank, a 1200-horsepower AVDS-1790 engine is recommended. However, other propulsion options are also possible.

"The 120S is an exciting product that offers a proven and affordable M60 upgrade solution to potential customers. The 120S makes existing M60 fleets relevant by increasing their capability to close to that of the M1A1 Abrams tank’s performance, at half the price," said Henry Umanos, director of international business development and 120S program director for General Dynamics Land Systems. "Also of significance is the fact that the 120S upgrade components are in production with logistical and operational support readily available through the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps."

"The 120S offers a pragmatic approach to potential customers," said Peter M. McVey, vice president of international business development at Land Systems. "It’s commonality with the Abrams tank family of vehicles easily offers future growth opportunities to evolve into a new main battle tank program."

General Dynamics Land Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 49,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $12.0 billion. The company has leading market positions in business aviation, information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat systems.


Any "forward-looking statements" contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Monday, September 24, 2001
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