One of the world’s greatest powers is closing in on a billion-dollar deal with an American firm that will immediately bolster the country’s military readiness.
The United Kingdom — one of the United States’ closest and oldest allies — has just received State Department approval to purchase $1.04 billion worth of American-made Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, according to The Hill.
The sale would also include repair and maintenance equipment as well as training for vehicle operators and maintainers, a Defense Department announcement stated.
“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,” the announcement stated.
The statement also said the U.K. would “have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.”
The $1.04 billion deal would supply the British military with 2,747 of the vehicles, which are made by the Oshkosh Corp., based in the Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Tuesday.
The JLTV is larger and more powerful than the Humvee, and it is designed to protect against improvised explosive devices that have killed many troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Oshkosh spokeswoman Alexandra Hittle wrote in an email to the newspaper Tuesday that the company was pleased to see the proposed sale progress to the next phase, adding that details still needed to be worked out.
Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, a policy firm that specializes in military matters, told the Journal Sentinel that foreign military sales are “complicated,” but “they tend to go more smoothly with close allies like Britain than they do with countries in places like the Middle East.”
The deal could lead to decades of work for Oshkosh employees.
“Even after they build the vehicles for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps, and for U.S. allies, they will have 20 or 30 years of spare parts and service to provide to the military. So it’s a huge franchise,” Thompson said.
News of the deal comes days after President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Theresa May during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
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