General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded
the final $42 million delivery order of a $70 million foreign military sales
contract from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to provide 59
refurbished M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) tanks to the Commonwealth of
Australia. The M1A1 AIM tanks will replace the Australian Land Forces' aging
Leopard main battle tanks.
Survivable and affordable vehicles with excellent potential for network centric
warfare, the Abrams M1A1 AIM tanks will provide Australian Forces with increased
connectivity, mobility, firepower and survivability. Additionally, the M1A1 AIM
provides a cost-efficient armor solution as it incurs low operational and
support costs, and reports high operational readiness rates. Under this
contract, M1A1 Abrams tanks from the U.S. Army inventory will be completely
disassembled, overhauled and refurbished to like-new "zero-mileage" condition.
The tank has a cruising range of up to 480 kilometers, the ability to reach
speeds of 66 kph on-road and up to 48 kph off-road (while carrying four crewman
and ammunition). The primary weapon is a 120mm smooth-bore cannon; it is also
equipped with a 50-caliber machine gun for the tank commander and two additional
7.62mm machine guns. The Abrams can fire an advanced kinetic energy tungsten
penetrator round against vehicles and a multipurpose round for infantry support.
The Abrams' survivability is enhanced through its nuclear, biological and
chemical protection system, crew compartmentalization from munitions and armored
blow-off panels, which allow stowed munitions to vent to the atmosphere if
Work will be performed by existing General Dynamics and Department of Defense
employees in Anniston, Alabama; Lima, Ohio; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and
Tallahassee, Florida The 59 M1A1 AIM tanks are scheduled for delivery to
Australian Land Forces in two shipments, in June and December 2006. The tanks
are part of a large worldwide fleet with known, stable operating costs, and are
expected to be in service beyond 2020.
General Dynamics will offer the Commonwealth of Australia the same comprehensive
material and logistics support available to the Abrams fleet worldwide. General
Dynamics Land Systems-Australia, a subsidiary, will take the lead in working
with the Commonwealth to structure and implement a robust logistics system for
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