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General Dynamics to upgrade 786 Abrams tanks

General Dynamics to upgrade 786 Abrams tanks

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Dec. 22 (UPI) -- General Dynamics has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army to upgrade up to 786 M1A1 Abrams tanks.The terms of the deal were officially made public on Thursday in a press statement from the Department of Defense. The contract is worth more than $ 2.6 million, under the terms of a fixed-price-incentive contract, which is a cost-reimbursement contract that provides for an initial negotiated fee at the time of inception that can later be adjusted.Specifically, the contract enables General Dynamics to upgrade M1A1 Abrams vehicles to the newly configured M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3."This version is the most modernized configuration of the Abrams tank, having improved force protection and system survivability enhancements and increased lethality over the M1A1 ...
JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Entertainment
JJ Abrams, who launched the new era of Star Wars films with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to the series as director of Star Wars: Episode IX.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said "JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for" in the earlier instalment, and she was excited he was returning to "close out this trilogy".Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow, who dropped out of the film last month.Meanwhile the release has been delayed by six months, to December 2019.The announcement was made on Twitter by Walt Disney Studios, which owns Lucasfilm, on Friday.Chris Terrio will co-write the ninth instalment with Abrams. He won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013 and his other scripts include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League.Analysis - Lizo Mz...