Portman Announces Funding for Abrams Tanks, Stryker Vehicles, and Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense Passed as Part of FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act
$1.35 Billion for Abrams Tanks, $1.1 Billion for Stryker Vehicles, $331.5 Million for M-SHORAD Included in FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Important for Lima and the JSMC
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that with the passage of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), $1.35 billion in funding will go to upgrade Abrams tanks, which will continue the production of the M1A2 SEPv3 upgraded Abrams tanks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, Ohio, in order to ensure that our forward-deployed soldiers have tanks with the most cutting-edge capabilities. The bill also includes $1 billion for upgrading Stryker Vehicles and $331.5 million to produce Stryker chassis to support the Army’s Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) program. Portman has been a strong advocate for both Lima and the Abrams and Stryker programs, ensuring that our servicemembers have the best and most lethal weapons systems while keeping good, high-paying jobs in Lima. He released the following statement:
“The funding included in the FY 2022 NDAA is important for the Lima and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), which supports our troops both at home and around the globe, and its irreplaceable workforce. The newest version of the Abrams tank, the M1A2 SEPv3, is a vital investment for our soldiers to meet the realities highlighted in the latest National Defense Strategy, and they come off the line at JSMC in Lima. This funding will ensure that more tanks are upgraded at Lima and get to our forward deployed soldiers.
“I am also pleased the NDAA includes funding for producing Stryker A1 vehicles. This authorization will help provide long-term stability to the industrial base and ensure our soldiers continue to be equipped with the most capable and survivable vehicle coming off the line.
“This year’s NDAA also includes funding for the M-SHORAD program, which is good news for the Army and the world-class workforce in Lima. The Army has developed the M-SHORAD program to deal with the new, short-range air defense threats on the modern battlefield, based off the highly capable Stryker platform that is produced in Lima. This funding is critical in ensuring our armed forces have the best weapons systems at their disposal.”
NOTE: Portman has been a staunch supporter of the JSMC and visited the JSMC in 2019, where he met the new Installation Commander, received a briefing on how funding he helped secure is leading to increased employment, and saw the latest work on the Abrams Tank and Stryker vehicle line. While the Obama administration proposed shuttering the plant in 2011, Portman has made a commitment to safeguarding the long-term viability of the JSMC, ensuring this vital facility can continue its critical work on the military’s Abrams tank and Stryker vehicle. Under Portman’s leadership from 2013-2015, Congress increased funding in the appropriations process and supplemented appropriations with foreign military sales to allow the plant to continue operating at minimal production levels. Production increased in 2016 and continues to be strong and on the rise.