Abrams Tanks to Be Supplied to Morocco


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The Abrams tank that entered into service in the United States in 1980 continues to be a top tank choice for the U.S. Army, National Guard and Marine Corps, as well as several U.S. allies, because it provides a proven, unrivaled and decisive edge in combat.

It is a well-armed and highly mobile main battle tank built for armored ground warfare.

Mobility, lethality, adaptability and maintainability are all important elements, and survivability continues to be the number one discriminator in the Abrams family of tanks. Abrams is a platform that adapts new technologies while minimizing development time and cost, according to the company website.

General Dynamics Land Systems has recently received a $16.2 million contract modification for technical support in building Abrams M1A1 tanks, both for the U.S. military and for foreign military sales to Morocco, the Defense Department said.

The contract covers systems technical support for the Abrams family of vehicles, with work expected completion date of June 30, 2020, according to international news agencies.

The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces has ordered at least 162 Abrams tanks. In November 2018, the State Department approved the sale of 162 tanks to Morocco at an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.

Morocco has been acquiring Abrams tanks from the U.S. for nearly a decade, though.

By 2018 the Moroccan army had 127 Abrams tanks, as well as tanks made in Russia and China.