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GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES CONTRACT MODIFICATION FOR THE SAUDI ARABIAN M1A2 ABRAMS TANK

 GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES CONTRACT MODIFICATION
 FOR THE SAUDI ARABIAN M1A2 ABRAMS TANK
 STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Land Systems Division has received a $141.1 million contract modification for development of the Saudi Arabian unique M1A2 Abrams tank especially configured for desert warfare.
 This incrementally funded contract modification could be worth $547.5 million, if all options are exercised. The work will be done here with existing resources and is expected to be completed in early 1994. The government of Saudi Arabia has ordered 465 M1A2 Abrams tanks for delivery over a three-year period beginning in 1993.
 The contract is for product testing and hardware maturation which enables Land Systems to configure the M1A2 Abrams into a Saudi Arabian unique design which includes: A Jaguar radio instead of the single channel ground/air radio system, a two-kilowatt external auxiliary power unit, integration of government-furnished equipment, countermine equipment, tank systems hardware and software capable of selectively displaying Arabic or English text, and stickers, name plates, and labels written in Arabic.
 Since the first M1A2 prototype vehicles were turned over to the U.S. Army in 1991, more than 8,100 miles of rugged testing and 1,300 rounds of test firing have been logged. Last month, the first of five pilot production M1A2 main battle tanks was built and is undergoing quality testing at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio. The M1A2 prototypes are now completing their scheduled testing by the U.S. Army in preparation for a low rate initial production decision anticipated during the first quarter of 1992.
 The M1A2 is the successor to the M1A1 which performed outstandingly in the Gulf War. The M1A2 will help the tank commander manage the battlefield environment through its extensive electronic upgrades, which provide the tank commander with a hunter-killer capability, and vehicle electronics, including a position navigation unit and inter-vehicular information systems.
 "These upgrades will provide offensive and defensive capabilities that will markedly improve the battlefield performance of the Abrams tank," said R. Gary Diaz, vice president of research, engineering and logistics.
 George P. Psihas, Land Systems vice president and general manager, noted that "the continued evolution of the mature Abrams tank makes possible cost-effective combat improvements that will enable tank crews to continue to meet worldwide threats projected into the next century."
 Other countries expressing interest in the M1A2 include the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Sweden.
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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/
 (GD) CO: General Dynamics Land Systems Division ST: Michigan IN: ARO SU: CON


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