Jordan aims for better firepower

Raytheon Technical Services has been awarded $46.6 million by the Jordan Armed Forces to upgrade their M60 main battle tank with Raytheon’s Integrated Fire Control System.

Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) has been awarded a $46.6 million contract by the Jordan Armed Forces to upgrade their M60 main battle tank with Raytheon’s Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS).

RTSC, a subsidiary of Raytheon, will upgrade 50 IFCS systems already installed in Jordanian M60 tanks under a prior contract, install IFCS kits in 50 additional M60s, and will provide spares for all the systems. Raytheon will assemble and test the kits in Indianapolis and will provide technical assistance to Jordan Armed Forces personnel during the installation in Jordan.

Raytheon has been working with Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) for the past three years on its Phoenix Level 1 IFCS upgrade and Level 2 Lethality upgrade efforts for the M60 main battle tank, a program designed to incrementally increase the M60’s operational capability.

‘With this award, we take the Phoenix Level 1 initiative to the next step,’ said Jim Blum, program manager for fire control systems at RTSC. ‘This upgrade improves the M60’s firepower capability and survivability by offering a significant improvement in first-round hit capability.’

‘The M60 is a formidable asset, but continually evolving threats require updated technology for it to remain so,’ added Keith Harmon, RTSC vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis business unit. ‘The IFCS upgrade significantly extends the M60’s service life at a fraction of the cost of acquiring a new tank.’

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