From the Vault: Teledyne Tank Modernization Brochures

With the recent media attention concerning the Raytheon M60 SLEP program (see the previous post), we thought it a good time to post some M60 modernization brochures from Teledyne Continental Motors from back in the 1980’s.  We posted these a few years ago on our old blog, but figured it was worth posting them here as well.

Here is “Modernization Packages for Fighting Vehicles” (available as a PDF here)

Also from 1984 is Hydropneumatic Suspension System for Tracked/Wheeled Vehicles.”  (available as a PDF here.)

This final two page brochure is from the late 90’s/early 2000’s and comes from General Dynamics Land Systems, who by this time had purchased Teledyne Continental’s armored vehicle product line and facility.

General Dynamics wins contract to make Abrams SEPv3 pilot vehicles

According to a recent press release, General Dynamics Land Systems a contract worth $92.2 million to produce six examples of the M1A2 SEPv3.

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.