Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank

Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank 4 December, 2018

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 28, 2018.

The Government of Morocco has requested to purchase enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks procured through the Excess Defence Article (EDA) program to one of the following variants:  M1A1 Situational Awareness (baseline version), M1A2M (includes Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer) or M1A1 U.S. Marine Corps version (includes Slew to Cue).  Included in the possible sale are one hundred sixty-two (162) M2 Chrysler Mount Machine Guns; three hundred twenty-four (324) M240 Machine Guns; one thousand thirty-five (1,035) M865 Training SABOT Rounds; and one thousand, six hundred ten (1,610) M831Al HEAT Rounds.  Also included are one hundred sixty-two (162) Export Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS); one hundred sixty-two (162) RT-1702 Receiver Transmitters; one hundred sixty-two (162) M250 Smoke Grenade Launchers; M962 .50 calibre rounds; special armour; Hunter/Killer technology, which may include the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) or Slew to Cue solution; Commander’s Weapon Station Variant which may include the Commander’s Weapon Station (CWS), Stabilized Commander’s Weapon Station (SCWS), or Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station- Low Profile (CROW-LP); spare parts; support equipment; upgrade/maintenance of engines and transmissions; depot level support; Government-Furnished Equipment (GFE); repair parts; communication support equipment; tool and test equipment; training; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.  The total estimated program cost is $1.259 billion.

The prime contractor will be General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  Refurbishment work will be performed at Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Centre in Lima, Ohio. 

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