US Approves $600m Ammunition Deal

By John Lee.

The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Iraq for M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $600 million (700 billion Iraqi dinars).

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 10,000 M831 120mm High-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) munitions, 10,000 M865 120mm Kinetic Energy Warheads (KEW), 10,000 M865 120mm KEW-A1, and 16,000 M830 120mm HEAT-MP-T tank ammunition.

Also included are U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $600 million.

(Source: DSCA)

(Picture: M1A1 Abrams tank being delivered at Umm Qasr, August 2010)

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