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UK to buy $1B worth of US-made Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:23PM

Britain is planning to purchase $1.04 billion worth of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), made by the United States, says the US Defense Department.

Manufactured by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp, the sale of 2,747 of the vehicles has been approved by the State Department, various outlets reported Tuesday.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress of the possible sale on Monday.

"This proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security policies of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important partner on critical foreign policy and defense issues," read the announcement.

In August 2015, the Pentagon ordered Oshkosh to build 17,000 vehicles after clinching a $6.7 billion contract.

The vehicles have been designed to replace a portion of the Humvee fleets in the US Army and Marine Corps.

On June 14, Pentagon officials said new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles will be fielded at the 10th Mountain Division and Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force in early 2019.

The 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, will get 500 JLTVs for its infantry brigade combat team.

The Marine Corps will also equip an infantry battalion with II MEF at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, with 69 JLTVs.

The sale of American vehicles to Britain is announced days after a meeting between the two countries leaders, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May, during the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump personally assured May that a "powerful" trade deal between would be clinched "very, very quickly."

"Prime Minister May and I have developed a very special relationship, and I think trade will be a very big factor between our two countries," Trump said.

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