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US Approves $1.5bn Stryker Vehicle Sale to Bulgaria

The U.S. State Department has given the green light for a potential sale of Stryker Vehicles and related equipment to Bulgaria at an approximate cost of $1.5 billion.

This determination was made public today after the Defense Security Cooperation Agency sent the required certification to Congress, highlighting the potential sale.

“The Government of the Republic of Bulgaria has requested to buy one hundred eighty-three (183) Stryker Family of Vehicles.” The detailed list of requested items includes 90 XM1296 Infantry Carrier Vehicles – Dragoon, 17 M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicles, 9 M1132 Engineer Squad Vehicles, 33 M1130 Command Vehicles, and other specialised vehicles.

Additionally, there are requests for various support service equipment like M-153A4 Common Remote Operated Weapons Stations, M2A1 .50 calibre machine guns, Harris radios, and several other related elements of logistics and program support.

The report indicates that this potential sale stands to bolster U.S. foreign policy and national security interests by aiding an ally of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Specifically, the acquisition of these vehicles and equipment will enhance Bulgaria’s capabilities in rapid infantry deployment, force projection, and deterrence against regional threats. The document assures that the Bulgarian armed forces are well-equipped to integrate this equipment and services.

General Dynamics Land Systems, based in Anniston, AL, is slated to be the primary contractor for this deal.

Source: UKDJ

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