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21 décembre 2015 1 21 /12 /décembre /2015 08:20
General Dynamics Awarded $92 Million for Abrams Tank Production

 

17.12.2015 Sergyi Way

 

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $92.2 million contract to upgrade M1A2 System Enhancement Package (SEP) v2 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEP Version 3 (v3) configuration. General Dynamics is working closely with the Army to improve the survivability, maintainability, fuel efficiency, power generation and network capability of its fleet of Abrams Main Battle Tanks.

 

“Projected for full rate production within the next two years, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 will provide the Army with the tank they need to dominate the battlefields of the future,” said Donald Kotchman, vice president of Tracked Combat Vehicles for General Dynamics Land Systems.

 

The M1A2 SEPv3 production process will begin with a pilot program of six tanks before moving into full-rate production.

 

Work will be performed by existing employees in Anniston, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lima, Ohio; and Scranton, Pa.

 

General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.

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12 octobre 2015 1 12 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
Everything the light touches


22.09.2015  photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff - U.S. Marine Corps

 

An M1 Abrams main battle tank provides security during the Combined Arms Company field exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Sept. 16, 2015. The CAC is a newly formed armor element supporting the Black Sea Rotational Force.

 

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1 octobre 2015 4 01 /10 /octobre /2015 16:45
photo General Dynamics Land Systems

photo General Dynamics Land Systems

 

01.10.2015 General Dynamics - army-guide.com

 

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $358 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to refurbish and upgrade 150 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to the M1A1 SA (situational awareness) configuration for sale to the Kingdom of Morocco. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.

 

Under the M1A1 SA program, the main battle tanks are completely disassembled and overhauled to a like-new, zero-mile condition. Refurbished tanks incur lower operational and support costs and report higher operational readiness rates. M1A1s are configured with armor upgrades and additional mission-critical technologies to bolster crew situational awareness.

 

Deliveries will begin in January 2017 and the estimated completion date is February 2018. Work will be performed by existing employees in Anniston, Ala. and Lima, Ohio.

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11 mai 2015 1 11 /05 /mai /2015 11:50
American tanks train in Latvia


9 mai 2015 by NATO

 

An American unit training in Latvia has been demonstrating its tank capability. The exercise involved personnel from the 3rd Infantry Division and M1A2 Abrams battle tanks at the Adazi military base just outside Riga.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 13:50
Leopard 2A6 - photo Bundeswehr

Leopard 2A6 - photo Bundeswehr


11 mars 2015 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 03/2015 14E31201

 

Vier Tage lang begleiten wir einen Panzerkommandanten bei einem multinationalen Manöver. Auf dem Truppenübungsplatz Grafenwöhr in Oberpfalz üben deutsche Leopard 2A6 zusammen mit amerikanischen Bradley-Schützenpanzern und Abrams Kampfpanzern. Neben der Ausbildung am jeweiligen Panzer ist vor allem die Deutsch-Amerikanische Zusammenarbeit im Schwerpunkt. Höhepunkt des Manövers bildet der scharfe Schuss.


Musik:
Islands of Kings von Boris Nonte (Universal Music)
My Immortal Hero von Boris Nonte (Universal Music)

 

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27 février 2015 5 27 /02 /février /2015 17:20
Palomar Display Products Awarded a $28.6M Contract From US Army

 

Feb 19, 2015 ASDNews Source : Palomar Display Products, Inc.

 

Palomar Display Products, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $28.6M firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to produce Biocular Image Control Unit (BICU) displays for M1A2 Abrams tanks. This award by the US Army Contracting Command also includes associated spares, repairs and engineering services.

These high resolution, optically coupled BICU displays have been designed and qualified for the M1A2 Abrams tank and will be delivered to the US Army over a period of five years, through 2020.

 

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27 février 2015 5 27 /02 /février /2015 12:20
U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

 

19.02.2015 General Dynamics - army-guide.com

 

The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $49.7 million under an existing contract to upgrade M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) V2 configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.

 

The most technologically advanced digital tank, the M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved color displays, day and night thermal sights, commander remote operated weapon station (CROWS II), a Thermal Management System (TMS) and a tank-infantry phone. The M1A2 SEP V2 maximizes the fighting ability of the tank on today's battlefield while preparing the platform for tomorrow's challenges.

 

The original multi-year contract was awarded in February 2008, which authorized the upgrade of 435 M1A1 tanks that have been in the Army's inventory for more than 20 years. General Dynamics is continuing the conversion of the tanks in the Army's active component to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration.

 

Production will be performed by existing employees in Anniston, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Lima, Ohio; and Scranton, Pa., and is expected to be completed by January 2017.

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11 février 2015 3 11 /02 /février /2015 08:20
Army Asks for More Money to Upgrade Abrams Tanks

 

, February 9th, 2015 By Michael Hoffman - dodbuzz.com

 

Army leaders have thus far taken up a losing battle against Congress to temporarily halt funding for its Abrams tanks. However, that changed in its latest budget proposal as the service has reversed course and asked for 50 percent more funding for the M1 Abrams tank over last year.

 

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Congress in 2o12 that the Army wanted to spend money on other modernization priorities. Congress pushed back saying it was a mistake to shut down the production line of the M1 tank, which is located in Lima, Ohio, even if it’s a temporary shut down. The Army would risk losing the skilled workers at the plants and spend more on training when they needed to reopen the production line for the Abrams upgrades the Army had said it needed in 2017.

The Army apparently listened to the critique, as service officials requested $368 million for upgrades to the M1 tank. Last year, the Army asked for $237 million.

 

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5 décembre 2014 5 05 /12 /décembre /2014 17:30
Iraqi Army M1A1 Abrams tanks

Iraqi Army M1A1 Abrams tanks

 

December 5, 2014 by James Dunnigan – Strategy Page

 

The American M1 Abrams tank suffered its first heavy losses in Iraq during 2014. Nearly a third of the 140 M1s Iraq had received between 2010 and 2012 have been destroyed or heavily damaged. Most of the M1 damage was done to M1s captured by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and then attacked by American aircraft. But over a third of the M1s were destroyed or damaged by ISIL fighters. The Iraqi troops using the M1s did not, as they were taught by the Americans, use their M1s in conjunction with infantry. This allowed ISIL fighters to get close enough to M1s during combat to place explosives and disable or destroy some of these M1s. A few were destroyed by Russian Kornet ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles). The Kornet E is a Russian laser guided missile with a range of 5,000 meters. The launcher has a thermal sight for use at night or in fog. The missile's warhead can penetrate enough modern tank armor to render the side armor of the Israeli Merkava or U.S. M1 tanks vulnerable. The missile weighs 8.2 kg (18 pounds) and the launcher 19 kg (42 pounds). The system was introduced in 1994 and has been sold to Syria (who apparently passed them on to Hezbollah and Hamas). ISIL captured some Kornets in Syria.

 

Iraq had some in 2003 and four M1s were disabled, but not destroyed, by Kornets. In 2006 several Israeli Merkavas were destroyed by Kornet. By 2014 Israel had adopted anti-ATGM systems for their Merkavas which defeated over a dozen Kornet attacks.

 

Before 2014 no M1s had been destroyed by enemy action, but that was in large part because they were used by well-trained crews and commanders. Moreover nearly all the American M1s that had been in combat had better armor. This impressed Iraq. Back in 2008 Iraq ordered 140 M1A1-SA Abrams tanks, along with over a hundred support vehicles (for maintenance and transportation, like 35 tank transporters). The request includes training and technical support, for a total contract cost of over $2 billion. The tanks began arriving in 2010 and all were delivered by 2012.

 

Iraq received newly built tanks, largely equipped to the "SA" (Situational Awareness") standard the U.S. Army developed in 2006. The M1A1-SA includes the latest thermal (FLIR, or heat sensing) sights, a special engine air filter system developed to deal with the abundant sand and dust in Iraq, the telephone on the rear fender, which allows accompanying infantry to communicate with the crew, and numerous small improvements.

 

There are several items that American M1s have the Iraqi SA tanks did not get. The Iraqi M1A1s had no depleted uranium armor, no ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor), and no additional protection against anti-tank missiles. Also missing was Blue Force Tracker (a U.S. satellite tracking system that shows the location of all American vehicles and aircraft in the vicinity).

 

Despite the removal of some features, the Iraqis are glad to have their M1s. Since 2003 Iraqis have been very impressed by the U.S. military. Although the U.S. initially advised the Iraqis to expand upon their use of Russian equipment (which they had been using for over three decades and is cheaper than Western stuff), the Iraqis insisted on adopting U.S. gear and tactics. Thus Iraqi troops wear similar (to American) uniforms and use many identical weapons and items of equipment. Iraqi soldiers, especially the younger ones, imitate American moves to the point that, in the field, U.S. troops sometimes had to look closely to determine if the G.I. down the street is American or Iraqi. What Iraq did not emulate was careful selection and training of officers. Too many Iraqi officers were corrupt or poorly trained and inexperienced political appointees. This greatly reduced the effectiveness of American weapons and equipment Iraqis so admired.

 

American advisors pointed all this out to other Arab users of the M1 and it had some impact. Egypt, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia already operate over 1,600 of M1 tanks, and Egypt has built hundreds of them (mainly using components imported from the U.S. but with some locally made parts as well). All the other Arab users have at least some of the latest model (M1A2 SEP).

 

The Arab users of the M1 have been very happy with their American tanks. This satisfaction increased when they saw how the M1 performed in Iraq after 2003. While most Arabs deplored U.S. operations there, Arab tank officers and M1 crewmen were quietly pleased that their tanks appeared invulnerable and able to assist the infantry in any kind of fight. Iraqi army officers have spoken to fellow Arab officers who have used the M1 and were told this was the way to go. But what many Arab officers ignored were American admonitions that crew quality and leadership were the key to success. For a number of cultural reasons the Arab nations do not emphasize lots of training for troops or officers. Having seen what that did in Iraq, even with lots of those splendid American weapons, has led many Arabs to question the traditional way of doing things.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:20
U.S. Army M-1A2SEPv2s and Romanian tanks during an exercise in Germany in May 2014

U.S. Army M-1A2SEPv2s and Romanian tanks during an exercise in Germany in May 2014

 

Aug 12 by David Axe – War is boring

 

A taxonomy of armored vehicles, volume four — the tricked-out M-1

 

The U.S. occupation of Iraq is over. The Afghanistan war is winding down. Today America faces “emerging threats in an increasingly sophisticated technological environment,” according to Gen. John Campbell, the Army vice chief of staff.

For the U.S. ground combat branches that means a renewed emphasis on fast-moving armored warfare. The Army and Marines are dusting off heavy vehicles that played a minor role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In this series, we spotlight some of the more obscure, weird and lamented armored behemoths. The battle wagons of a new era of warfare. The focus of this volume — the Army’s latest M-1 tank … with all the bells and whistles.

 

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
US Tanks Return to Europe for Live-Fire Training

 

8 juil. 2014 NATO

 

The biggest multi-national live-fire exercise in Europe of 2014 has ended with a bang at the US Army's Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. For the first time US tanks have been brought back to Europe for training purposes. The aim is to enhance NATO's interoperability and preparedness.

 

The video shows US soldiers, Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured personnel carriers firing live-rounds on pop-up targets. It also features Romanian tanks in action together.

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4 mars 2014 2 04 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
Camel Standoff

 

3/4/2014 Strategy Page

 

A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division stares off a camel during a bilateral exercise in the US Central Command area of responsibility, Feb. 19, 2014. The week-long military-to-military exercise fostered partnership and interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

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