State Dept OKs $3B Abrams Tank, Humvee Sale to Iraq

Abrams-tankThe State Department has approved two foreign military sales agreements worth around $3 billion combined with Iraq for General Dynamics-built (NYSE: GD) Abrams tanks,  up-armored Humvees and related equipment and accessories.

A Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice released Friday says Iraq asked to buy $2.4 billion in M1A1 Abrams tanks from the U.S. under a sale that also includes 15 M88A2 tank recovery vehicles and items such as ammunition, radios, cargo vehicles, transmitters and equipment for communication and support.

AM General is listed as the prime contractor for that sale, DSCA said.

In a separate Friday release, DSCA said Iraq also requested to purchase 1, 000 M1151A1 Up-Armored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles under a $579 million sales agreement that also covers accessories such as machine guns, grenade launchers, radios, communications technologies and support equipment.

Each sales arrangement also includes U.S. government and contractor logistics support.

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