Army seeking Abrams gunnery training system, other equipment for Ukraine

By Dan Schere / July 26, 2023 at 2:31 PM

The Army has issued a sources-sought notice for the procurement of a tabletop Advanced Gunnery Training System platoon set used for training Ukrainian troops on the M1A1 Abrams tanks, as well as associated equipment, new equipment training and spare parts.

The Advanced Gunnery Training System is a simulator that allows soldiers to train on procedures, basic skills, crew coordination and crew drills, according to manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Soldiers can practice tasks such as target recognition, fire control and distribution and asset deployment.

There are multiple variants of the training system, including the tabletop trainers, which use a desktop computer and touchscreen display with a gunner or commander handle, according to Lockheed.

After the United States committed 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine earlier this year, the Pentagon announced May 15 that they had arrived in Germany for U.S.-led training of Ukrainian forces. Those tanks are scheduled to arrive in Ukraine some time this fall, according to officials from the Defense Department.

The notice, posted Tuesday, is to determine the method of a procurement in the event a “requirement materializes.” It states there may be multiple awards made and “small business set-aside categories will be considered.”

Responses to the notice are due July 31.