PHOENIX, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Army contracts worth $221 million have been given to Honeywell to continue support programs for M1 Abrams main battle tanks.
The first contract is a $111 million, 18-month follow-on agreement under which Honeywell will continue the Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization program.
The TIGER program involves Honeywell, the U.S. Army's Abrams Project Management Office, the Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command and the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama. It involves maintenance and enhancements to the Honeywell AGT1500 gas turbine engines that power the vehicles.
The second contract is for production of 125 engines new Honeywell AGT1500 engines. It is worth $110 million.
Honeywell said the new AGT1500s will be manufactured through October 2015.
"Honeywell's integrated approach to support for the Abrams fleet of tanks incorporates demand and supplier management, product support, and condition-based maintenance to reduce our customers' life-cycle costs," said Tom Davis, vice president, Honeywell, U.S. Army Programs.
"When combined with the Department of Defense's significant investment in infrastructure and its hands-on repair and overhaul experience, the Honeywell and Army enterprise team delivers higher-quality, more reliable AGT1500 engines for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and international customers."