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Morocco Asks US For $1B Upgrades To General Dynamics Abrams Tanks

Morocco wants to purchase nearly $1 billion in upgrades for its fleet of General Dynamics-made (NYSE: GD) tanks from the U.S. government through a foreign military sales agreement.

In a Monday notice, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it notified Congress that the country has requested upgrades for 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks and associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training.

If the sale goes through, up to 64 U.S. government and 13 contractor representatives would travel to the country over five years to manage program fielding and training.

Morocco originally purchased the tanks in April 2011 through a grant excess defense article transfer.

The potential sale covers 150 single channel ground and airborne radio systems, nearly 600 machine guns, 12, 049, 842 ammunition rounds, 200 smoke grenade launchers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, communication support, personnel training and training equipment.

So far, fiscal year 2011 has seen nearly $50 billion in foreign military sales for the U.S.

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