US Company to Build Humvees for Ukraine Within $372Mln Contract - Pentagon
The AM General Company in South Bend, Indiana will build High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), or Humvees, for use by the Ukrainian Army as part of a giant contract for 2,082 of the vehicles, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The contract included options for 2,082 of the vehicles, with spare parts, according to the statement.
"AM General, South bend, Indiana was awarded a $372,936,476 firm-fixed-price multi-year foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Ukraine, Tunisia)," the statement read on Monday.
The Humvees would be built in Mishawaka, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2016.
The Defense Department noted the deal was approved by the US Army Contracting Command.
The new contract came a week after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter pledged to step up military supplies to the Ukrainian government of President Petro Poroshenko which is still fighting its two breakaway secessionist provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk.
On March 25, 2015, the United States delivered a first batch of ten Humvees to the Ukrainian military. Reports said the vehicles were flown to Kiev's Borispol airport aboard a US Air Force military tactical freighter.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has pledged to deliver at least 100 Humvees to Ukraine by the end of this month, liveuamap.com reported on June 25.
The Humvees are being delivered to Ukraine within the framework of non-lethal military aid promised to Poroshenko by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Funding for the aid was including in the 2016 National Defense Appropriations Act, which has been approved by both the US Senate and House of Representatives.
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