WASHINGTON, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - The US Department of State has approved a potential sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition, equipment, parts and logistical support to Iraq that would cost $600 million, according to a report from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA].
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner,” the DSCA Monday report read.
"This proposed sale directly supports the Iraqi government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the United States,” the report added.
Although the sale has yet to be finalized, the State Department is considering General Dynamics-Ordnance Tactical Systems in St. Petersburg, Florida to be the prime contractor.
The foreign military transaction is meant to help support the military balance in the region, as well as to help develop and integrate a ground defense capability. Iraq has requested thousands of arms and ammunition, that include anti-tank munitions and ammunition for the tank’s gun.