The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 27 M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $100 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress about the possible sale on Thursday, according to a posting on the agency’s website.
The Government of Argentina has requested to buy 27 M1126 Strykers and twenty-seven M2 Flex .50 Cal Machine Guns.
”This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is a strategic partner in South America,” the agency said.
The prime contractor will be General Dynamics Land Systems, Anniston, AL.
Stryker is a family of eight-wheel-drive combat vehicles that can travel at speeds up to 62 mph on highways, with a range of 312 miles. Introduced in 2000, the eight-wheeled, medium-weight Stryker provides versatility, survivability, lethality and maneuverability.
Furthermore, the Royal Thai Army has received the first batch of Stryker 8×8 armored fighting vehicles from the United States, the U.S. Security Assistance Organization (SAO) in Thailand announced in last year.