US approves $445m sale of heavy tactical vehicles to Kuwait
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US approves $445m sale of heavy tactical vehicles to Kuwait

02 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 14th, 2021 11:26)

Kuwait placed a request to purchase a total of 517 heavy tactical vehicles including HEMTT and HET.

US approves $445m sale of heavy tactical vehicles to Kuwait
HEMTT M978A2 9,500 liter capacity fuel tanker with M989 HEMAT trailer. Credit: Luis Viegas.

The US State Department has approved a potential $445m foreign military sale (FMS) of heavy tactical vehicles and associated equipment to Kuwait.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which supports US national security and foreign policy interests, has already notified the US Congress about this possible sale.

The move comes after Kuwait placed a request to procure a total of 517 heavy tactical vehicles, including Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET).

Overall, the sales package will include 31 HEMTT Wrecker Trucks (M984A4 10t with crane and winch), 100 HEMTT Fuel Tanker Trucks (M978A4, 10t, 2,500gal), 188 Guided Missile Transporter Trucks (M985A4, 10t with winch), and 50 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) Trucks (M1070A1).

The potential sale will also include 50 635NL commercial trailers for use with HET prime movers, and 49 Palletized Load System (PLS) Trailers.

Associated services such as logistical support, supply of spare parts, tools and test equipment, standard technical manuals, and construction of a heavy tactical vehicle maintenance facility are also part of the FMS programme.

Oshkosh Defense will be the principal contractor and will be responsible for HEMTTs, HETs, PLS trailers, and support services. Fontaine Trailers will be associated with the programme as a sub-contractor for commercial 635NL trailers.

In a statement, DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a major non-Nato ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”

The HEMTT Wreckers are designed to recover disabled wheeled vehicles while Fuel Tankers and Guided Missile Transporters can be used for resupply missions. The HEMTT and Palletized Load System trailers are used for transporting bulk supplies.

The acquisition will help Kuwait’s Land Force Support Command to boost its logistics, sustainment and transportation capabilities.

Such vehicles are capable of transporting Kuwait’s legacy M1A2 tanks and the new M1A2K main battle tanks slated for delivery this year.

In April, the US State Department approved an FMS of CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Australia.