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General Dynamics awarded $61M contract for Abrams tank support

By James LaPorta
M-1 Abrams tanks from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division wait in a staging area before crew qualifications begin in 2017 at Smardan Training Area, in Smardan, Romania. Photo by Pfc. Shelton Smith/U.S. Army
M-1 Abrams tanks from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division wait in a staging area before crew qualifications begin in 2017 at Smardan Training Area, in Smardan, Romania. Photo by Pfc. Shelton Smith/U.S. Army

March 29 (UPI) -- General Dynamics has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army for Abrams systems technical support.

The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $61.2 million.

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The agreement enables General Dynamics to provide technical assistance to the Army's Abrams battle tanks.

Work on the contract will occur in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be complete in March 2019.

The total amount of the contract will be obligated to General Dynamics at the time of award from combined Army accounts, including, fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation and Army working capital and aviation procurement funds, the Pentagon said.

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