The US Army awards $82 million worth contract to General Dynamics for conversion of M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks to the M1A2S configuration.
“General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded an $82,431,000 firm-fixed-price contract for conversion of M1A2 tanks to the M1A2S configuration. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received,” the US Department of Defense announced Friday.
Work will be performed in Lima, Ohio and Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2019.
The M1A2S Saudi tank upgrades include weapon sights based on Forward Looking Infrared Radar, or FLIR, technology that allows battlefield surveillance and target acquisition.FLIR allows tank gunners and field commanders to see, identify and target enemy targets 24 hours a day regardless of obscurants such as smoke, fog and dust.