FMS: Australian Army Seeks Heavy Armor Tanks

Released on Friday, May 21, 2004
United States of America
M1A1 Abrams
M2 Browning
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
SINCGARS - SINgle Channel Ground and Air Radio System
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress of a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks as well as associated equipment and services.

The proposed FMS requested by Australia consists of 59 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks along with Abrams Integrated Management (AIM), 7 M88A1 recovery vehicles, 80 AN/VRC-92F ground and air SINCGARS radios, 146 AN/PVS-7B night vision goggles, 73 M2 .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine guns, 7 M2 .50 caliber heavy barrel machine guns, 1 ROC-V training device, M240 machine guns, tactical trucks, trailers, spare and repair parts, etc. The bill for this potential FMS will all options exercised could be as high as $475 million.

This sale will help Australia to modernize the land component of its Army while gaining enhanced firepower provided by modern heavy armored tanks such as the M1A1 Abrams. Moreover, interoperability between the Australian Army, the US Army and the US Marine Corps would improve dramatically. The proposed sale also would mean Australian Defense Force strengthening ties with the US Department of Defense in security issues.

This potential FMS must be approved by the US Congress prior to enter final negotiations between Australia, US authorities and contractors: General Dynamics, United Defense, Oshkosh and Stewart & Stevenson. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential Foreign Military Sale.


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