AM General has been awarded $42 million in additional funding for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) for Middle Eastern and African nations including Tunisia and Kenya.
AM General announced the contracts and modifications to existing contracts on 12 October, saying they also covered Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon and the United States. The recently announced contracts noted above cover new production vehicles, international ambulance vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training.
In July this year, the US Department of Defence awarded AM General a $372 936 476 firm-fixed-price multi-year foreign military sales contract for HMMWVs for Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Ukraine, Tunisia and with options for 2 082 vehicles. Work is being performed in Mishawaka, Indiana with an estimated completion date of 29 April 2016.
The United States Department of Defence Defence Logistics Agency on 3 September announced that AM General was awarded a $10 352 046 modification (P00003) to foreign military sales contract W56HZV-15-C-0155 for 28 M1165A1 HMMWVs for Tunisia, as well as 22 ambulance shelters for Afghanistan.
These are not the first HMMWVs Tunisia will receive – in May this year the US delivered 52 of the vehicles as well as a 65 foot Safe Boats patrol boat to Tunisia to help it fight jihadists and tighten control over its coast, according to the US embassy.
There are approximately 230 000 HMMWVs currently in vehicle fleets around the world. Of those 230 000, approximately 160 000 HMMWV’s are currently in service as part of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Reserves and National Guard fleets with the remaining 70 000 vehicles belonging to international fleets.
“AM General continues to grow our backlog of new production HMMWVs while developing comprehensive modernization and maintenance programs for domestic and international customers,” said Chris Vanslager, Executive Vice President, Defence Programmes at AM General. “The HMMWV continues to be the vehicle of choice around the globe for more than 60 partner nations, evolving over the years with significantly increased mobility, protection, reliability and durability in order to meet changing military missions and threats…all at an affordable price.”
AM General was also recently awarded $428,295,155 for new M997A3 HMMWV Ambulance Chassis Vehicles to support domestic disaster relief efforts by the US Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Army.