General Dynamics Awarded $159 Million for Abrams Tank-Related Work
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded two contracts totaling $159 million for work associated with the Abrams main battle tank.
The first award, valued at $151 million, funds Abrams Tank Systems Technical Support (STS) work.
General Dynamics will conduct engineering studies on Abrams tanks to identify improvements and replace obsolete parts to maintain the tanks at high operational readiness rates. Work will be performed by existing General Dynamics personnel in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011.
The second award, for $8.1 million, adds funds to the existing material contract for the reset of 204 M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) main battle tanks. The reset process restores used equipment to combat-level capability. The reset tanks will feature improved technology to bolster crew situational awareness. The upgrades include second-generation Forward-Looking Infrared, Far Target Locate, a tank-infantry phone and driver’s vision enhancement. The improvements increase the M1A1’s fighting capability by providing soldiers with an electronic graphic of the battlefield with icons for friendly and enemy forces, and a tank commander’s thermal sight for the .50 caliber machine gun. To date $29 million of long-lead material has been ordered under this contract.
Work will be done by current General Dynamics employees in Lima, Ohio, Scranton, Penn., and Tallahassee, Fla. Reset of the 204 Abrams tanks will be finished by December 2009.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion. The company has leading market positions in mission critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
March 31, 2008
Contact: Peter M. Keating
Tel: (586) 825-7930
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