General Dynamics wins Saudi tank programme contract

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of  $42.4m (£26m) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s tank programme, to upgrade its entire fleet of 314 Abrams tanks.

The contracts were awarded by the US Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

The contracts, valued at $12.6m and $29.8m, respectively, will provide materials and labour for the conversion of 102 M1A2 tanks to an M1A2S configuration.  

The estimated completion of 60 tanks is expected by 30 August 2012 and 42 tanks will be finished by 30 September 2012.