Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. announced it has delivered the 400th Abrams generator. The Abrams generator is a 28-volt DC 1000-amp main power generator for the U.S. Army’s Abrams Main Battle Tank. Part of a strategic modernization effort, the Abrams generator provides 60 percent more power in the same space and increases overall reliability – contributing to the main battle tank’s global premier status. Collins Aerospace has delivered orders ahead of schedule for the last three years. The main battle tank generator features an oil-cooled, fully-sealed system in a dense package that delivers combat effectiveness.
With its increased power, the electric generator helps improve the M1A2’s survivability by enabling the addition of advanced systems, such as laser warning receivers and radio jamming capabilities. Unlike the vehicle’s legacy system, which did not deliver full power at idle, Collins Aerospace’s generator uses advanced magnetics and active load management to deliver 100 percent rated power throughout the M1A2’s operating range.
“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,” states Kevin Raftery, vice president and general manager 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 Aerospace’s expertise in this area stems from over 90 years providing aerospace electric power generation and distribution systems, components, and service and more recently with our participation in the development of ground vehicle electrification components. Collins Aerospace Systems is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. With 2019 net sales of approximately $26 billion, the business has 71,000 employees across more than 300 locations globally. It is one of the four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies.