General Dynamics wins Saudi Arabia tank contract

US contractor awarded $42.4 million contract to upgrade KSA tank fleet

Kuwait recently ordered 218 Abrams M1A2S tanks from US firm General Dynamics.
Kuwait recently ordered 218 Abrams M1A2S tanks from US firm General Dynamics.

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US military contractor General Dynamic has been awarded two contracts to upgrade Saudi Arabia's tank fleet. 

The contracts, valued at $12.6 million and $29.8 million, have a combined value of $42.4 million include the refit and converion 102 M1A2 tanks to the latest M1A2S configuration. According to General Dynamics, the M1A2S variant of the M1 Abrams increases the efficiency and capability of the tank and was most recently deployed in Kuwait. 

The contracts were awarded by the US Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces and is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its entire fleet of 314 Abrams tanks.

 

Current employees at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in the US will perform the work. The estimated completion of 60 tanks is expected by August, 2012, and 42 tanks will be finished by September, 2012.

This contract continues work started in 2008 to design, develop, convert, implement and test a hybrid configuration of the M1A1, M1A2 and M1A2 System Enhancement Package (SEP) tank variants for KSA.

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