Army's M1A2 SEPv3 tanks keep improving with upgrade power systems, targeting, and integrated vetronics

Jan. 11, 2021
Improvements include the Joint Tactical Radio System to establish network readiness and maintain battle command and communications interoperability.

WARREN, Mich. – The U.S. Army will get some new tanks -- the most recently updated versions of the M1 Abrams. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

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11 Jan. 2021 -- General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Sterling Heights, Michigan, won a $4.6 billion contract last month to build Abrams M1A2 System Enhanced Package (SEPv3) tanks -- the most recent modernized configuration of the Abrams main battle tank in service with the Army. SEPv3 will replace M1A2 SEPv2 which has been in production since 2005.

M1A2 SEPv3 main battle tanks will offer improved survivability but can also host any “mature technology” the Army deems operationally relevant. These improvements will focus on increasing the electrical power margin, Vehicle Health Management Systems, integrated counter-improvised explosive device protection, a new Auxiliary Power Unit, embedded training and an ammunition data link.

The Army has described SEPv3 as “the most reliable Abrams tank ever produced,” and suggested that this upgraded version will decrease the Army’s logistic burden and will lead the Army in enterprise-level connectivity to maintenance and supply systems.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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