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No M1 Production but New Engineering Contract for General Dynamics (GD)

by: Matthew Potter
September 28, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, development program, Events, General Dynamics, production program, Services, U.S. Army | RSS 2.0

The Army’s proposal to shut down M1 tank production by General Dynamics (GD) for a few years was not well received by Congress. The current budget proposals on the Hill include some production work. Even so the Army is closing out the Fiscal Year by awarding GD a large, engineering contract to begin development of the next major upgrade for the venerable M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT).

The almost $400 million contract will begin the Abrams Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) 1 program. This will eventually lead to production cut in of a major upgrade to the current M1A2SEPv2 model of the tank.

M1’s have now been in use for almost 30 years and like ships and aircraft programs have seen major changes including the integration of new weapons, systems and improvements. The ECP 1 upgrades will lead to a re-design of the tank’s internal systems freeing up weight, space and power for further enhancements and upgrades. This will take advantage of improvements in design of modern electronics and general changes in technology.

GD will most likely receive some sort of production contract for FY13 despite the Army’s proposal. On top of that there will be continued investment in the M1 even with the sequestration issues for the next few years.

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