The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Kuwait for the modernization of 218 M1A2 Abrams tanks and related equipment, support, and training.
The estimated cost totals $1.7 billion and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 12, 2016.
Details about the modernization were mentioned in the State Department’s statement.
“The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale in support of its recapitalization of 218 M1A2 tanks, to include two hundred and forty (240) .50 Cal M2A1 machine guns; four hundred and eighty (480) 7.62mm M240 machine guns; two hundred and forty (240) AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS radios; and one thousand and eight five (1,085) AN/PVS-7B Night Vision Goggles. Also included is the incorporation of cooling system/thermal management systems; Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) II – Low Profile Stabilized Weapon Stations; special armor; 120mm gun tubes; 2nd generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sights; embedded diagnostics; gunner’s primary sights; Counter Sniper and Anti-Materiel Mount (CSAMM) hardware; upgrade/maintenance of engines and transmissions; depot level support; training devices; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. Total estimated program cost is $1.7 billion.”
Kuwait operates 218 M1A2 Abrams tanks, delivered between 1994 and 1997.