Sunday, December 4, 2022

General Dynamics contracted for support of Australian ASLAVs and M1A1 Abrams tanks

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia (GDLS-A), a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems in the Pacific region, has announced new deals for support a fleet of combat vehicles operated by the Australian Army.

“General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia was awarded a number of contract extensions for the through life support contract of the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) and M1A1 Abrams tanks to 2022,”  the company announced Tuesday.

M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with ASLAV eight-wheeled amphibious armoured reconnaissance vehicles, currently operated by the Australian Army, form the basis of the country’s armed forces.


Early, General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia was awarded a five-year through life support contract of the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) and M1A1 Abrams tanks, providing maintenance support in a number of Army Brigade locations, as well as maintenance support and heavy-grade repair capability in South Australia.

Also, General Dynamics Land Systems has recently signed a delivery order to upgrade 100 more M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to the state-of-the-art M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration for the US Army. The delivery order is part of a US Army Requirements Contract signed in December 2017, through which the Army can upgrade up to 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. The M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advancements in communications, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, plus upgraded armour.

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