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
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