The U.S. State Division has made a dedication approving a attainable Overseas Navy Sale to the Authorities of Kuwait of M1A2K tank operational and coaching ammunition and associated gear for an estimated value of $250 million. This proposed sale will assist the overseas coverage and nationwide safety targets of the USA by serving to to enhance the safety of a Main Non-NATO ally that has been an necessary drive for political stability and financial progress within the Center East. This sale will present an efficient means to discourage and defend towards land-based threats, enhancing Kuwait’s means to guard border areas and key land-based infrastructure. The principal contractor shall be Common Dynamics, York, PA.

The Authorities of Kuwait has requested to purchase Cartridge M80 Ball/M62 Tracer 7.62mm 4/1 linked; Cartridge MK211 4 Armor Piercing Incendiary (APIT) .50 Cal 4/1 linked; Cartridge M903/M962 Saboted Gentle Armor Penetrator-Tracer (SLAP-T) .50 Cal 4/1 linked; Cartridge KE-W A1 Armor-Piercing, Fin-Stabilized, Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APFSDS-T) 120mm; Cartridge, Insensitive Munition Excessive Explosive Tracer (IM-HET) 120mm; Grenade, Screening-Smoke; containers; munitions; assist and take a look at gear; integration and take a look at assist; spare and restore elements; U.S. Authorities and contractor engineering, technical and logistics assist companies; and different associated parts of logistical and program assist.


Kuwait Armed Forces Unveils Upgraded M1A2K Abrams Major Battle Tank

The M1 Abrams is a third-generation American important battle tank designed by Chrysler Protection (now Common Dynamics Land Methods) and named for Common Creighton Abrams. One of many heaviest tanks in service at practically 68 quick tons, it launched a number of revolutionary options, together with a multifuel turbine engine, subtle Chobham composite armor, a pc hearth management system, separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment, and NBC safety for crew security. Preliminary fashions of the M1 had been armed with a licensed-produced 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7 gun, whereas later variants function a licensed Rheinmetall 120 mm L/44. There are three important operational Abrams variations, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, with every new iteration seeing enhancements in armament, safety, and electronics.

The Kuwaiti Military’s receipt of the primary M1A2K tank within the U.S. The M1A2K will progressively exchange the present fleet of 218 M1A2 Abrams delivered between 1994–97, as deliberate in 2017. In December 2016, the USA Protection Safety Cooperation Company has introduced a attainable overseas army sale to the Authorities of Kuwait for recapitalization of 218 M1A2 tanks and associated gear, assist, and coaching. The estimated value is $1.7 billion. The M1A2K retains the identical important armament that features one 120mm M256 smoothbore gun, developed by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH of Germany in a position to hearth M865 TPCSDS-T and M831 TP-T coaching rounds, the M8300 HEAT-MP-T and the M829 APFSDS-T which features a depleted uranium penetrator.