Kuwait requests $59.6m sale of M1A2K training ammunition from US 

29 July 2020 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2020 17:33)

The Government of Kuwait has requested a foreign military sale (FMS) of different M1A2K training ammunition and associated equipment from the US.

Kuwait requests $59.6m sale of M1A2K training ammunition from US 
M1A2K training ammunition will be used by Kuwait’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank. Credit: SGT PAUL L. ANSTINE II, USMC. 

The Government of Kuwait has requested a foreign military sale (FMS) of different M1A2K training ammunition and associated equipment from the US.

The FMS has been approved by the US State Department and notified to Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Under the estimated $59.6m possible sale, Kuwait is seeking delivery of 10,260 120MM M865 Target Practice Cone Stabilized Discarding Sabot Tracer (TPCSDS-T) Cartridges and 9,810 120MM M1002 Target Practice Multipurpose Tracer (TPMP-T) Cartridges.

Additionally, the sale package will include 215,000 50 Calibre, 4 Ball, 1 Tracer Cartridges, 600,000 7.62MM 4 Ball, M80/1 Tracer, M62 Linked Cartridges, as well as containers, munitions, support and test equipment, integration and test support, spare and repair parts along with technical and logistics programme support services.

The various training ammunition will be used by Kuwait’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks.

Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), the M1A1/2 Abrams main battle tanks are also designed to protect against nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare.

Kuwait is modernising and extending the service of the M1A2 tanks.

In 2017, the country requested the delivery of 218 M1A1 Abrams tank hulls with 120mm cannons and 218 AGT-1500 (M1 Tank Series) engines from the US.

With this training ammunition, Kuwait will be able to improve its armed forces capability to address current and future threats, as well as safeguard border regions and critical land-based infrastructure.

In May this year, Kuwait requested $800m a FMS of 84 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancements (MSEs) and associated equipment from the US.