Yo, Esli (and any other treadheads),
What do you guys think of this?
In the latest budget/industrial base-related drama, General Dynamics executives are expressing concern over the lack of orders for the M1A2 Abrams tank after 2013, and the gap between that date and modernization orders slated to begin in 2016. Mike Cannon, the company’s senior vp, Ground Combat Systems, told me in a wide-ranging conversation at the Army’s AUSA convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. last week that “we are very, very concerned about the tank industrial base, because it’s unique … we have nothing to keep that base going between 2013 and 2016.”
The article goes on to discuss the various configurations in the fleet, from basic M1A1s in the National Guard, bot SEPv1 and SEPv2, which have differing levels of electronics and thermal equipment.
I can’t think of a time the Army has ever had a common configuration throughout the armor fleet.