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GENERAL DYNAMICS DELIVERS FIRST PRODUCTION EAPU

 STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Land Systems Division has delivered the first production External Auxiliary Power Units (EAPU) to the U.S. Marine Corps under a $9 million U.S. Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command contract that calls for 267 units to be delivered by March 1994. General Dynamics will install 130 of the 267 EAPUs at various USMC locations.
 The EAPU is integrated into the tank by kit hardware supplied by General Dynamics from its Warren Logistics Center in Warren, Mich. The EAPU provides the capability to charge the tank's batteries and run equipment without the use of the tank's 1500-horsepower turbine engine resulting in significant fuel savings and engine wear. The EAPU can support tank systems for 8 hours on only 3 gallons of fuel. Typical uses of the EAPU would be during silent watch operation, training, and testing.
 Following the Marine Corps deliveries, General Dynamics will deliver 1,500 EAPUs to the U.S. Army from July 1994 through June 1996. The value of this U.S. Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command contract is approximately $49 million.
 Additionally, the M1A2 Abrams tanks purchased by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will have EAPUs and kit integration hardware installed as part of a retrofit program beginning February 1994. M1A2 tanks purchased by the Government of Kuwait will have EAPUs and kit integration hardware incorporated as part of tank production and delivery. M1 tanks converted to the M1A2 configuration as part of the U.S. Army Upgrade Program beginning in late 1994 will also have the kit integration hardware installed to accommodate the EAPU.
 Land Systems builds the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and is a world leader in the production of armored combat vehicles and associated support systems.
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 /CONTACT: Peter M. Keating, 810-825-7930, or Karl G. Oskoian, 810-825-7980, both of General Dynamics Land Systems/
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