The Army has suspended purchases of new combat vehicles for the time being, but it is ploughing ahead with plans to gut aging tanks and equip them with fresh components and electronics, including a new powerful targeting sensor.
More than 1,600 Abrams tanks and 2,500 Bradley infantry combat vehicles would be overhauled over the next decade.
It will be a complex and demanding project, military and industry officials said. The Army is highly skilled at refurbishing older fleets, but this new effort could be the hardest one yet. It will test the Army’s engineering mettle at integrating state-of-the-art electronics into vehicles that were designed for the analog world.