Iraq Gets 1,026 US Armored Personnel Carriers

Using 1,026 M113A2 armored personnel carriers from the U.S. Army's Excess Defense Articles obtained through the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command's Foreign Military Sales program, and the refurbishment expertise provided by an Army Materiel Command public-private partnership, provided the means for the Iraqi Army to begin standing-up its planned six-division armored capability.

"This was a win-win situation for both the Iraqis and the U.S. because in the Iraqi's case, they went from a non-existent armored capability in 2010, to plans for six divisions," explained Col. Sammy Hargrove, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command's, or USASAC's, CENTCOM regional operations director.

"For the U.S., we divested ourselves of 1,026 M113s, most of which were incurring storage costs at Sierra Army Depot (Calif.) for close to 20 years. Demilitarizing that many vehicles can be cost-prohibitive. Using the [Foreign Military Sales] process ultimately saves the U.S. money."

The estimated U.S. cost avoidance for the storage and demilitarization of the 1,026 M113s is $31 million.

"The M113 is also just a great vehicle and offers a lot of versatility. Obtaining these through [Excess Defense Articles] also made this an affordable option for the Iraqis," said Hargrove, who also served as the Army team chief and USASAC liaison officer for the Iraq-Security Assistance Mission prior to his current position.

The M113 is part of the largest family of tracked vehicles in the world, and has more than 40 variants. It can transport more than 12 troops and a driver, and can perform long distance travel over rough terrain, while also capable of high-speed operation on roads and highways.

Another advantage of using Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, as an Excess Defense Articles, known as EDA, divestiture tool is the opportunity for the organic industrial base to provide its services for refurbishment, modernization and/or repair and return to the customer country.

3 Responses to Iraq Gets 1,026 US Armored Personnel Carriers

  1. DJ Elliott 4th July 2013 at 02:50 #

    Old and Incorrect reporting.
    It was 1026 M113 family of vehicles.
    Loosing the words "family of vehicles" changes the meaning considerably.

    I wrote of the actual breakdown over 2 years ago yet it still keeps being misreported:

    On 20 April, the US DSCA Excess Defense Articles board updated for Iraq in 2010. While many of the major items listed under 22 June 2010 and 24 September 2010 had already been reported, this update finally provided a breakdown of the 1,026 M113 variants being provided to the Iraqi Army:

    120 M198 155mm towed howitzers [54 on 22 June and 66 on 24 September];
    14 MRAP non-standard [22 June];
    20 M88A1 [24 September];

    1,026 M113 Family of Vehicles:
    618 M113A2 APC [440 on 22 June and 178 on 24 September];
    68 M113A2 Ambulances [24 September];
    192 M548A1 Cargo Carriers [24 September];
    66 M1064 120mm Mortar Carriers [24 September];
    80 M577A2 Command Posts [24 September];
    2 M577A2 Emergency Medical Treatment Vehicles [24 September].

  2. DJ Elliott 4th July 2013 at 02:53 #

    PS All of those vehicles were delivered by end-2012.

  3. Editor 4th July 2013 at 12:38 #

    @ DJ Elliott, thank you for your comments - much appreciated. FYI, the report above was issued on the US Army's official website ( on 28th June.

    - Editor