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GENERAL DYNAMICS DELIVERS FIRST M1A2 TO U.S. ARMY

 STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Dec. 1 ~PRNewswire~ -- General Dynamics Land Systems Division delivered its first production M1A2 Abrams main battle tank to the U.S. Army today in ceremonies held at the Lima (Ohio) Army Tank Plant. The formal ceremony, marking completion of a major milestone in the history of Abrams tank production, was attended by Mrs. Julia Abrams, widow of Gen. Creighton W. Abrams for whom the tank is named.
 Other dignitaries attending included: Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, U.S. Army chief of staff; Stephen K. Conver, assistant secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition); James R. Mellor, president and chief operating officer of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD); James E. Turner, executive vice president, General Dynamics Marine, Land Systems and Services Group; and George P. Psihas, vice president of General Dynamics Corporation and president of Land Systems Division.
 The M1A2 is an evolved and greatly improved version of the Abrams tank that performed so successfully in the Gulf War. It combines a proven combat history and a mature production capability with the latest electronic upgrades that will enhance the Army's efforts to digitize the battlefield. According to Gen. Sullivan, the M1A2 will be the centerpiece of the Army's force structure well into the 21st century and will continue providing American soldiers with leading edge technology that will give them a fighting edge on the battlefield.
 "The M1A2 is the first tank of the 21st century," said Gen. Sullivan. "Its capabilities enable us to leverage the power of 21st century technology. Power that will give America decisive victory on any future battlefield."
 The M1A2 introduces totally new command, control and communications capability into armored warfare. Its state-of-the-art digital information processing system includes an Inter-Vehicular Information System that enables tank crews to network with battlefield command elements and with force structure participants such as other armored vehicles and helicopters -- which multiplies force effectiveness and may dramatically reduce the incidence of fratricide.
 The U.S. Army has ordered 62 new M1A2s. It currently has 10 prototype and five production pilot M1A2s, and plans to upgrade more than 1,000 early model M1s to the latest M1A2 configuration.
 Since the first Abrams tank rolled off the assembly line in 1980, General Dynamics and its tank industrial team has built over 8,000 M1 series tanks. General Dynamics, the U.S. Army, the United Auto Workers membership, and more than 13,000 primary and secondary tier suppliers in 46 states work together to produce "zero defect" tanks.
 "We are proud of our products, our employees who build them, and the fact that we consistently provide our customers with technologically superior equipment on schedule at affordable prices, with a quality level that is unrivaled in the industry," said Mellor. "But mostly we are proud of the fact that our products perform well and that soldiers can rely on them," he said.
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 ~CONTACT: Donald L. Gilleland, 313-825-7930, or Karl G. Oskoian, 313-825-7980, both of General Dynamics Land Systems Division~
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