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Argentina buys American armored personnel carriers for nearly $100 million

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The sale of Argentina 27 armored personnel carriers for $100 million was approved by the US Department of Defense. This is stated in a statement published by the Pentagon on July 9, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“The State Department has decided to approve a possible sale abroad – to the Argentine government, 27 Stryker M1126 armored personnel carriers and related equipment for a preliminary amount of $ 100 million,” the document says.

The Pentagon believes that the deal is consistent with “the United States’ foreign policy and national security goals by improving the security of an important non-NATO ally, which is a strategic partner in Latin America.”

According to the US Department of Defense, the deal will not upset the “military balance in the region.”

Stryker M1126 – four or eight-wheeled infantry armored personnel carrier with weapons, with a capacity of up to 11 people. Argentina plans to use vehicles for rescue operations, international peacekeeping missions.

The US proposal includes the purchase of appropriate equipment: machine guns, launchers for smoke grenades, communication systems, maintenance.

Recall armored personnel carriers Stryker M1126 Argentina plans to buy from General Dynamics Land Systems. A request for the purchase of military equipment was made a year ago by the previous government, however, to conclude a deal, it must be approved by the current government of the country.

Last year, Argentina bought four P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft from US

Argentina is not a very active country in the international money markets. However, when necessary buy military equipment from the United States.

Read more: Argentina Wants to Buy P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft from US

On July last year, the Argentine Navy confirmed that it is negotiating with the US government regarding the acquisition of four Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) to replace the P-3Bs assigned to its ‘Naval Air Exploration Squadron’ (Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Exploración).

Interest in the P-3Cs began in 2016 when Argentine naval personnel visited US facilities to inspect airframes that were surplus to US requirements. On 25 June this year during a visit to Argentina Admiral Craig Faller, commander of US Southern Command, said that the aircraft could be made available and negotiations began for the provision of four of them.

More about Stryker family

Stryker is a family of 8 × 8/4 wheeled armored combat vehicles manufactured by the American company General Dynamics Land Systems, which are in service with mechanized troops of the US Army.

Stryker is based on the Canadian armored personnel carrier LAV III, which, in turn, is a deep modernization of the Swiss armored personnel carrier Piranha III 8×8.

The Stryker family’s combat vehicles are the main armament of the U.S. Army’s mechanized brigades, formed in the early 2000s, designed to transport motorized infantry units (usually motorized infantry units) to the battlefield, conduct combat from the vehicle, and support them during and after disembarkation. and for the comprehensive support and combat operations of mechanized units of the American army.

A number of Stryker armored combat vehicles are named after two American servicemen who were posthumously awarded the highest military award of the United States – the Medal of Honor: Private First Class Stuart S. Stryker (English), who died in World War II, and a specialist 4th Robert F. Stryker (English) Russian, who died in the Vietnam War.

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Stryker machines are designed to equip mechanized brigades, created in the early 2000s in accordance with the concept of the Brigade Combat Team and designed for use in low-intensity conflicts.

These brigades occupy an intermediate position between “heavy” tank brigades, armed with M1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley BMPs, and light infantry brigades on Humvee armored vehicles.

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