Congressman Tim Ryan Tours Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio
Lima, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Vice Chairman of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today toured the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio and spoke with the hardworking men and women who manufacture the Abrams tank at the plant. Ryan has been a longtime defender of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, most recently using his position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee to help secure $65 million to upgrade the M1 Abrams main battle tank.
“The Abrams has been proudly built by Ohio workers for over four decades. Once again I’ve seen that top-notch work firsthand and I’m immensely proud to have used my position in Congress to build on our success here in Lima. Not only will the funding I helped secure support the men and women working every day to produce the tank, it will also provide the resources needed to improve the tank’s combat effectiveness, protect the soldiers operating it, and explore the electrification of the platform — a huge win for Ohio and our workers in Lima.”
“We were honored to host Representative Ryan, and we appreciate his strong support for our workers who build the Abrams tanks that are essential to our nation’s defense and help to bring our Soldier’s safely home to their families,” said Hank Kennedy, Director of General Dynamics JSMC.
The plant is currently operated by General Dynamics Land Systems and employs at least 931 people in the surrounding community. General Dynamics plays an influential role in the economy across the state, spending $187.7 million with 778 different Ohio suppliers in 2020.
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 has been passed by the House Appropriations Committee and must pass the full House of Representatives before moving to the Senate.
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