LIMA — The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima will benefit from a $714 million contract to upgrade 174 Abrams tanks that the U.S. Army awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), according to a statement released by GDLS on Tuesday.
GDLS plans to configure the Abrams tanks with new armor along with new technologies like communication and reliability features, according to a press release from the company, which owns the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.
The contract will also benefit GDLS sites in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Tallahassee, Florida.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, described the contract as a “big win for Lima and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.”
“As the National Defense Strategy makes clear, our soldiers require the most modern equipment available to effectively combat U.S. adversaries that threaten our interests,” Portman said in a statement Tuesday. “With Lima’s irreplaceable workforce upgrading these tanks, our armored formations will be safer and more effective on the modern battlefield.”
The announcement comes several weeks after the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center was selected as one of four GDLS facilities that will develop new prototypes of the Mobile Protected Firepower tank. The Army is expected to select a final prototype of this vehicle in fiscal year 2022. GDLS is competing against BAE Systems for the final model.
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