The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of the M1152 high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) and associated equipment to Mexico.
Under the estimated $556m sale, Mexico has requested 3,335 M1152 HMMWVs, along with spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and programme support.
The defence articles and services are expected to be used for the modernisation of the country's armed forces and expansion of its existing army architecture to combat drug trafficking organisations.
Approved by the US State Department, the FMS will significantly increase and strengthen Mexico's capability to provide in-country troop mobility for security, while further improving interoperability between Mexico, the US and other allies.
In addition, it directly contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Mexico, which has been a strong partner in combating organised crime and drug trafficking.
Indiana-based AM General has been named as the principal contractor for the FMS programme.
The M1152 is an expanded-capacity enhanced cargo/ troop carrier, primarily designed to serve as a transport vehicle. It can also be used as a shelter carrier.
Capable of carrying up to eight passengers under the armour troop carrier or troop seat options, the M1152 is designed for use over all types of roads, as well as cross-country terrain, and in all weather conditions without sacrificing mobility, dependability or performance.