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NEWS | May 4, 2022

M1A2 SEPv3 Tank: Use Correct Turret Lifting Kit

Maintainers, be aware that the M1A2 SEPv3 tank requires a new turret lifting kit, NSN 2590-01-692-8605.
That’s because the new generation M1A2 SEPv3’s turret is heavier and has a different center of balance than the turret on older models, and its lifting kit requires a five (5) bolt center eye link, NSN 4933-01-692-8220.
Do not —under any circumstances —use the older version three (3) bolt center eye link on the M1A2 Sepv3’s lifting kit. Doing so can result in equipment damage and injuries or even death to personnel.
The new five (5) bolt center eye link was issued as part of total package fielding (TPF) in special tools and test equipment (STTE) when the M1A2 SEPv3 were fielded to units.
Maintainers removing the M1A2 SEPv3 turret must ensure that the turret lifting kit has been updated with the five (5) bolt center link. When performing turret removal tasks; comply with the work package titled Turret Lifting Kit Inspection, Torque Test, Installation, and Removal in 9-2350-412-13&P (Apr 20) before performing the following tasks: Turret Removal For Access and Turret Removal/ Installation for Race Ring Access.
If any of the turret lifting eye mounting holes are stripped or fails the torque test, do not attempt lift turret or attempt repairs. These lifting eye mounting holes are located over special armor packages and cannot be repaired in the field. Notify your TACOM Logistics Assistance Office (LAO) to arrange repair.
For complete info and all warnings, check out TACOM Ground Safety Action Message 22-004 HERE .
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