General Dynamics wins $33 million to enhance Iraqi Abrams tank

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., 12 Mar. 2009. General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, won a contract worth $33 million to purchase long-lead materials for the production of 140 M1A1 SA (Situational Awareness) tanks for the Iraq program.

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., 12 Mar. 2009. General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, won a contract worth $33 million to purchase long-lead materials for the production of 140 M1A1 SA (Situational Awareness) tanks for the Iraq program.

The SA enhancements to the M1A1 for Iraq include a second-generation FLIR thermal site, Tank Urban Survivability (TUSK) enhancements, and a driver's vision-enhancing thermal viewer.

The tanks will also be equipped with the TIGER engine, the Pulse Jet System, and embedded diagnostics. The TIGER engine's monitoring system can identify and alert the crew if there are potential issues with the tank.

The 140 tanks will be manufactured in Lima, Ohio, by existing General Dynamics employees.

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