Tunisia getting more HMMWVs


The Tunisian military will by mid-2016 have received 27 AM General High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) from the United States as part of a recently awarded foreign military sales contract.

The United States Department of Defense Defense Logistics Agency on 3 September announced that AM General of South Bend, Indiana, 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.

The Logistics Agency said that work will be performed in Mishawaka, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2016. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $10,352,046 were obligated at the time of the award.

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.

Tunisia has a long standing relationship with AM General, and operates hundreds of these vehicles in various configurations to support ground operations.

The embassy also announced the delivery of a 65-foot patrol boat to enhance maritime security and intensify the maritime border control patrols. The vessel, manufactured by Safe Boats International, was the first of four to be delivered over the next year. These vessels will join a fleet of 22 other U.S. manufactured boats ranging in size from 25 to 65 feet delivered since 2013.

In August 2014 last year the US donated ten tonnes of protective equipment including helmets, shields and bullet proof vests to equip the special counter-terrorism units of the Tunisian military.

Last year Turkey delivered 20 Navigator armoured personnel carriers to Tunisia. Some 100 of the Kirpi versions are believed to be on order.