New major contract for tanks M1A2 SEP v. 3 (M1A2C) Abrams for the US Army
On December 18, 2020, the US Department of Defense issued a large contract to General Dynamics Corporation in the amount of $ 4.62 billion for the serial modernization of the M1A1 Abrams tanks from the storage of the US Army to the level of Abrams M1A2 SEP v.3 (M1A2C). The contract is valid until June 17, 2028. The number of tanks upgraded under the contract has not been reported. Shooting of modernized tanks M1A2 SEP v. 3 Abrams (М1А2С) from the first received 3rd armored brigade "Greywolf" 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army (1st Battalion " Charger " 12th Cavalry Regiment), December 2020 (c) US Army
Earlier, the US Department of Defense also awarded Honeywell a $ 1.105 billion contract for the production and technical support of AGT1500 gas turbine tank engines for the US Army's M1 Abrams tanks. The contract is valid until September 30, 2025. Quantitative parameters are not reported.
As a reminder, the M1A2C (M1A2 SEPv3) is currently the latest US Army Abrams tank upgrade program underway. The first six pre-production modernized tanks of this modification were delivered to the American army in October 2017. As part of the budget for the 2017 financial year, 45 serial upgraded M1A2C (M1A2 SEPv3) tanks were ordered in the amount of $ 270 million, the delivery of which was to be made from July 2018 to August 2019. In December 2017, the US Army issued to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of General Dynamics Corporation a framework contract for the modernization of 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks over several years into the M1A2C variant (M1A2 SEPv3), under which in July 2018 GDLS received a firm contract for modernization of the first 100 tanks under this program, and in January 2019 - a solida contract for the modernization of another 174 tanks, with the production of work by 2021, and by now, apparently, the remaining 161 tanks have also been contracted. Thus, before the conclusion of the last contract on December 18, along with pre-production samples, the US Army contracted 486 modernized M1A2C tanks.
Total plannedre-equip ten of the 11 armored brigades of the US regular army scheduled for maintenance with modernized M1A2 SEP v.3 tanks in the period from 2021 to 2031 fiscal years (one brigade set of 87 tanks per year), and, apparently, a new contract was signed to implement these plans. The M1A2 SEPv2 tanks released as a result of this rearmament are planned to be transferred from the regular army in 2023-2026 to re-equip five armored brigades of the National Guard.
Work on the modernization of tanks to the level of M1A2 SEP v. 3 is carried out at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), the only operating tank plant in the United States located in Lima (Ohio), owned by the American government, but since 1996 controlled by General Dynamics, as well as at GDLS facilities in Scranton, PA and Tallahassee, Florida.
The first combat unit of the US Army, which began to receive serially upgraded M1A2 SEP v.3 (M1A2C) tanks, was at the beginning of 2020, the 3rd Greywolf Armored Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division.