Congressman Ryan Secures $65 million for Abrams Tank Modernization
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announces that, working together with House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and colleagues on the Subcommittee, he has secured committee approval of $65 million to upgrade the M1 Abrams main battle tank, which is produced in Lima, Ohio.
“The Abrams has been proudly built by Ohio workers for over four decades,” said Congressman Ryan. “Not only does this funding support the men and women working every day to produce the tank, it also provides the resources needed to improve its combat effectiveness, protect the soldiers operating it, and explore the electrification of the platform. This is a big win for Ohio and the workers of Lima.”
“We appreciate the continued congressional support for our talented workforce at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima who work tirelessly to deliver the most modern and lethal version of the Abrams tank for our troops,” said Mark Roualet, executive vice president for Combat Systems at General Dynamics. “As somebody who started his career working on the assembly line at JSMC, I am keenly aware of the effort these talented people put forward every day to provide this critical capability that our military needs.”
The M1 Abrams is a third-generation tank that boasts several innovative features, including a multifuel turbine engine, composite armor, automated fire control system, as well as enhanced protection for its crew. The tank has been in service for over forty years.
The funding secured by Congressman Ryan will extend the service life of the tank and also integrate an unmanned turret. Additionally, it will help to develop the physical architecture and mechanical requirements needed to add an Autoloader and Automated Ammunition Handling System to the Abrams, evaluate current and emerging candidates for an Integrated Active Protection System, and develop new Abrams mobility and power architecture for conversion to a Hybrid Electric Drive propulsion and power generation system.
The Defense spending bill now moves to the full House for consideration before advancing to the Senate.
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