Raytheon wins $50 million contract to upgrade Jordanian battle tanks
The Raytheon Company was recently awarded a $50 million contract to provide up to 100 Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) upgrade kits to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, reported a press release. The Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) will manufacture, deliver and install 50 upgrade kits for one battalion of the Jordanian Arab Army M60A3 main battle tanks.
Jordan's King Abdullah II Design Development Bureau (KADDB) officially launched its AB9B1 M60 upgrade program to incrementally increase the M60's operational capability. This event marks the culmination of a two-year joint development and integration effort between Raytheon and KADDB.
Raytheon will also provide pre-installation survey of end-user tanks, on-site installation support for the upgrade kits, instructor training and training maintenance manuals. The option, if exercised, includes up to 50 additional kits for the upgrade of a second tank battalion.
The IFCS upgrade improves upon the M60's firepower capability, survivability and lethality by offering a significant improvement in first round hit capability. A full director fire control and stabilized synchronized cannon sighting system, the IFCS features advanced forward-looking infrared thermal sight, eyesafe laser rangefinder, digital ballistic computer and improved turret stabilization system.
KADDB is an agency of the Jordanian government tasked with the design, development and transition to manufacture of prototype military equipment. KADDB operates as an independent governmental organization within the Jordan Armed Forces, with the steering committee reporting directly to His Majesty King Abdullah II.
RTSC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, provides technical, scientific and professional services for defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in management, operation and maintenance of customer facilities, equipment and systems; logistics and life-cycle support; overhaul and repair depot operations; engineering, logistics and personnel support; space and earth sciences; test and training range support; and privatization of government services. — (menareport.com)
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