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Location Category ID: 93850
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Official Website: Red River
Other Links: Wikipedia
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Latitude, Longitude: 33.4325874 , -94.29599762
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M48A3 Tank (Additional organisation for upgrade from M48A1 to M48A3 1963-4)
2: M103A2 Heavy Tank (Sole organisation for upgrade from M103A1 to M103A2 1962-8)

Long term:
1: M26A1 Pershing Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Until October 1977)

The Red River Army Depot (RRAD) is an 18,000-acre (73 km2) facility located 18 miles west of Texarkana, Texas in Bowie County. The facility has over 1 million square feet of storage capacity. RRAD was activated in 1941 to create an ammunition storage facility. The depot was supposed to be deactivated after the findings of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission. However, the depot remained open after the commission changed its mind. The depot was once again slated for closure upon recommendation from the 2005 BRAC commission, but has remained open to provide maintenance support for the army. (Source: Wikipedia).
In November 1960 a study concluded that the M48A1 tank could readily be upgraded to M48A3 standard (with new diesel engine and other improvements) and that this could be accomplished more economically at Ordnance Depot facilities than by using a commercial contractor. The conversion work began at the Anniston and Red River Army Depots with the first tank being accepted by the Army in February 1963. This program provided 600 M48A3 tanks for the Army and 419 for the U.S. Marine Corps by late 1964. These tanks were deployed later to Vietnam where they were used in battle by both United States and South Vietnamese forces. (Source: Patton by R.P. Hunnicutt).
After the appearance of the diesel powered M60 tank, in 1961 the U.S. Marine Corps provided funds for a modification to upgrade the M103A1 heavy tank (primarily incorporating a new diesel engine). Funds were authorised for the Red River Army Depot to convert 153 M103A1 tanks to the new configuration. On 13 December 1962, the standardisation of the upgraded vehicle was approved as the M103A2. In fiscal year 1968, an additional 52 vehicles were converted to the M103A2 standard bringing the total to 208. (Source: Patton by R.P. Hunnicutt).