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Army spotlights newest M1A2 Abrams variant
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017


Lockheed Martin taps Saab for turret trainer assembly
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017 - Saab has been contracted by Lockheed Martin UK to assemble 16 of the UK's new AJAX virtual Crew Turret Trainers, Saab announced on Monday.

With the trainers, Ajax crew will train in the use of vehicle armaments, radios and sights.

"I'm delighted to have secured this contract and look forward to building on the strong relationship that Saab has with Lockheed Martin," said Aaa Thegstrom, head of the Training and Simulation unit at Saab's Dynamics business area.

This award follows the win b Saab and Lockheed Martin of the Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System, or VTESS, contract by the US Army.

Ajax is a tracked, medium-weight armored fighting vehicle that is available in six variants. The British Amy plans to acquire more than 500 of the vehicles.

The U.S. Army has rolled out the newest variant of the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank with survivability enhancements and increased lethality.

The first six M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 initial production vehicles made their appearance earlier this month at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center workforce tank in Lima, Ohio.

"The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is the first in a series of new or significantly improved vehicles that we will be delivering to the Army's ABCTs," said Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems. "It is a great step forward in reliability, sustainability, protection, and on-board power which positions the Abrams tank and our ABCTs [armored brigade combat team] for the future."

"Even in a fiscal environment that has greatly hampered our ability to move towards entirely new vehicles, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 shows we can still deliver meaningful and operationally relevant improvements."

The M1A2 SEPv2, which will be replaced over time by the SEPv3, has been in production since 2005.

The M1A2 SEPv3 improvements include a joint tactical radio system that integrates handheld, manpack, and small-form fit radios to maintain battle command and communications interoperability with future brigade combat teams. The new version also features improved power generation and distribution equipment, as well as counter remote control improvised explosive device electronic warfare/Duke V3 equipment.

The tank also features an ammunition data link for programing the M829A4 advanced kinetic energy and advanced multi-purpose rounds, a quiet auxiliary power unit to operate on-board systems during silent watch operations, and armor upgrades.

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Israeli artillery shells becoming precision guided weapons
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries is to further develop, produce and supply the Israeli Army with course correction artillery fuzes, the company announced on Monday. The work comes under a tender issued by the Israeli Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development. Its financial value was not disclosed. "Following years of challenging technological development ef ... read more

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