General Dynamics Land Systems Australia showcased the Abrams main battle tank at Land Forces Conference 2018 in Adelaide this week.
CAPTION: An Abram MBT model displayed in front of an Ajax Abrams-based Project LAND 400 Phase 3 contender at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide. Photo by Brian Hartigan.
A spokesman said Abrams, currently operated by the Australian Army’s three armoured cavalry regiments, was a proven capability that provided soldiers with a decisive edge on the battlefield by combining speed, heavy protective armour and a fearsome 120mm main gun.
General Dynamics Land Systems recently signed a delivery order to upgrade 100 more M1A1 Abrams MBTs to the state-of-the-art M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration for the US Army.
The delivery order is part of a US Army requirements contract signed in December 2017, through which the Army can upgrade up to 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEPv3 configuration.
M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advancements in communications, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, plus upgraded armour.
Kevin Connell, the recently appointed vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia said, “We’re delighted to showcase recent innovations in this proven main battle tank at Land Forces 2018 and discuss how the Commonwealth of Australia can benefit from the US Army’s recent investment in this vital capability”.
“This latest generation Abrams continues to set the standard for protection, survivability and lethality, and has the ability to ensure that the Australian Army has decision superiority on the battlefields of today and in the future,” Mr Connell said.
“General Dynamics Land Systems has a long pedigree and worldwide experience in delivering tracked and wheeled military vehicles, alongside specialist knowledge in complex, scalable electronic architectures.
“It delivers, amongst others, the Abrams main battle tank, the AJAX family of vehicles, Stryker, the Light Armoured Vehicle and the Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush – Protected (MRAP) family of vehicles.