When it comes to the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank from General Dynamics Land Systems, the company has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
Last week, the U.S. Army Contracting Command declared it had given the company a contract offer worth almost $100 million to make the tank (MBT).
A Huge Price To Pay
One of the government’s contracting portals revealed General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Michigan was chosen for a $93,519,000 fixed-price-incentive government contract covering the M1A2 Abrams’ development and manufacturing.
People tried to get bids online, but only one was accepted.
— Army Recognition (@ArmyRecognition) December 12, 2021
Work will be done in Lima, Ohio and finished by September 30, 2025. Some $93,519,000 from fiscal year 2019’s Foreign Military Sales fund was used to pay for this project at the time of the grant.
The procurement activity is the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan. The contract number is W56HZV-22-C-0005.
The defense contractor was already given a $4.6 billion fixed-price contract to make M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams primary combat tanks for the U.S. Army.
According to contract terms declared last December, each order will determine where the work will be done and how much money it will cost.
The project will be done by June 17, 2028. There is an estimated value of $406 million in the initial delivery order placed. U.S. forces have used MBTs since they were first made in 1980; the new SEPv3 setup will make them even more modern.
The M1 Abrams was built in the 1970s; it can fight and decimate enemy forces with unmatched firepower, versatility, and shock effect. It has a 120mm M256 smoothbore cannon that can be fired by hand.
In addition, it can take out enemy heavy weaponry, people, fortified positions, and sometimes even low-flying planes with its cannon.
The U.S. Army Becomes the Most Advanced in the World?
This week, ArmyRecognition revealed, in late 1988, the U.S. Army gave General Dynamics Land Systems a deal worth more than $350 million. This was to do the first Full-Scale Engineering Development (FSED) of the M1A2.
In late 1992, the very first production of M1A2s was finished. In 1993, the first M1A2s were able to start operating. It has been the U.S. Army’s most important weapon for more than two decades.
The M1A2, which the U.S. military approved for manufacturing in 1990, has been its primary weapon. It has better operational battle abilities than the M1A1 MBT, which was the first improvement to the tank in the early 1980s and made the tank more powerful.
A Position/Navigation System (POS/NAV), Inter-Vehicular Information System (IVIS), Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV), Improved Commander’s Weapon Station (ICWS), and several other safety measures were added to the M1A2 to make it more durable.
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— Brent M. Eastwood, PhD (@BMEastwood) December 14, 2021
In the past, General Dynamics Land Systems worked with the U.S. Army to make sure America’s combat soldiers have the single most powerful and most sophisticated tank fleet in the world.