STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics a $92.2 million contract to upgrade M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEP V3 configuration.
The M1A2 SEP V3 builds on its predecessor's survivability capabilities, including counter-IED and electronic warfare technologies. Additional improvements include maintainability, fuel efficiency, power generation and network capability.
"Projected for full rate production within the next two years, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 will provide the Army with the tank they need to dominate the battlefields of the future," General Dynamics Land Systems Tracked Combat Vehicles Vice President Donald Kotchman said in a statement.
The production process will begin with a pilot program, which will upgrade six tanks before moving into full-rate production. Work on the contract will be performed at locations in Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.