Morocco FMS requests for 162 Abrams tanks valued at $1.259 billion

WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Morocco of enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.

Officials at the Government of Morocco requested to purchase enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks procured through the Excess Defense Article () program to one of the following variants: M1A1 Situational Awareness, M1A2M, or M1A1 U.S. Marine Corps version. The request entails:

  • 162 M2 Chrysler Mount Machine Guns;
  • 324 M240 Machine Guns;
  • 1,035 M865 Training SABOT Rounds;
  • 1,610 M831Al HEAT Rounds

Also included are 162 Export Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS); 162 RT-1702 Receiver Transmitters; 162 M250 Smoke Grenade Launchers; M962 .50 caliber rounds; special armor; Hunter/Killer technology, which may include the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) or Slew to Cue solution; Commander’s Weapon Station Variant which may include the Commander’s Weapon Station (CWS), Stabilized Commander’s Weapon Station (SCWS), or Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station- Low Profile (CROW-LP); spare parts; support equipment; upgrade/maintenance of engines and transmissions; depot level support; Government-Furnished Equipment (GFE); repair parts; communication support equipment; tool and test equipment; training; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The prime contractor will be in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Refurbishment work will be performed at Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. There are currently no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale, but one is expected due to Moroccan law.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require annual trips to Morocco involving up to 55 U.S. Government and 13 contractor representatives for a period of up to five years to manage the fielding and training for the program, officials say.

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