WASHINGTON, July 31, 2008 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of M1A1 and Upgrade to M1A1M Abrams Tanks as well as associated equipment
and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $2.16 billion.
The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 140 M1A1 Abrams tanks modified and upgraded to
the M1A1M Abrams configuration, 8 M88A2 Tank Recovery Vehicles, 64 M1151A1B1 Armored High
Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), 92 M1152 Shelter Carriers, 12 M577A2 Command
Post Carriers, 16 M548A1 Tracked Logistics Vehicles, 8 M113A2 Armored Ambulances, and 420 AN/VRC-
92 Vehicular Receiver Transmitters. Also included are: 35 M1070 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
Truck Tractors, 40 M978A2 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) Tankers, 36 M985A2
HEMTT Cargo Trucks, 4 M984A2 HEMTT Wrecker Trucks, 140 M1085A1 5-ton Cargo Trucks, 8 HMMWV
Ambulances w/ Shelter, 8 Contact Maintenance Trucks, 32 500 gal Water Tank Trailers, 16 2500 gal Water
Tank Trucks, 16 Motorcycles, 80 8 ton Heavy/Medium Trailers, 16 Sedans, 92 M1102 Light Tactical trailers,
92 635NL Semi-Trailers, 4 5,500 lb Rough Terrain Forklifts, 20 M1A1 engines, 20 M1A1 Full Up Power
Packs, 3 spare M88A2 engines, 10 M1070 engines, 20 HEMTT engines, 4 M577A2 spare engines, 2 5-ton
truck engines, 20 spare HMMWV engines, ammunition, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support
equipment, publications and documentation, personnel training and equipment, U.S. Government and
contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The
estimated cost is $2.16 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to
improve the security of a friendly country. This proposed sale directly supports the Government of Iraq and
serves the interests of the people of Iraq and of the U.S.
This proposed sale would advance Iraq's effort to develop a strong, well-equipped, trained, and dedicated
military force, to establish security and stability throughout Iraq, and to promote the stability and development
of a friendly, democratic central government.
The proposed sale and upgrade will allow Iraq to operate and exercise a more lethal and survivable M1A1M
tank for the protection of critical infrastructure. Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing these tanks into its armed
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be General Dynamics Land Systems Division of Sterling Heights, Michigan;
Honeywell International, and General Motors Allison Transmission Division of Detroit, Michigan.
There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of approximately 8 U.S. Government and 35
contractor representatives to Iraq for up to four years.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.
Source: Iraq - M1A1 and Upgrade to M1A1M Abrams Tanks
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