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Iraq to receive IM HE-T rounds for Abrams

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems will provide the government of Iraq with 120mm insensitive munition high explosive with tracer tank (IM HE-T) ammunition cartridges. Valued at $93 million, the agreement falls under afirm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract, with GD responsible for any additional costs outside of that figure. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will run through to October 26, 2022, with work locations to be determined with each other.

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 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)

The 120mm IM HE-T is the primary ammunition used on M1 Abrams tanks and provides the armor forces with an improved infantry support capability. The IM HE-T™ will complement the tank’s current main gun ammunition with an IM compliant full bore HE warhead capable of defeating a targets such as bunkers, fortifications, light armor and personnel. The two-mode hand-settable fuze allows the tank commander to select a point detonating (PD) function for maximum fragmentation/blast, or a delay function for detonation after target penetration.

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