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Collins Aerospace announced on 8 December it has delivered the 400th ABRAMS generator to the US Army.

A 28v DC 1000A main power generator for the Army’s ABRAMS main battle tank fleet, the generator delivers 60% more power than its predecessor within the same physical footprint. As the demand for more and more onboard power in armoured vehicles increases with the continued growth of electronic devices required to sustain modern combat operations, so the requirement for better power generation also grows. The Collins generator forms part of a strategic modernisation effort for the US Army, increasing overall system reliability and therefore vehicle readiness. It features an oil-cooled, fully-sealed system in a dense package that delivers combat effectiveness.

The upgraded generator enables the vehicle to operate longer, with minimal maintenance, and increases its mobility and survivability – a force multiplier when it comes to ground combat,” explained Kevin Raftery, VP/GM of ISR and Space Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Our extensive experience in electric power generation is a key differentiator for current and future platforms.”

Collins has delivered ahead of schedule consistently on the programme for the last three years.

The US Army’s strategic modernisation programme for its M1 ABRAMS fleet includes the installation of a more modern power generation system that delivers 60% more effective power within the same physical footprint. (Photo: US DoD)

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