Portman Announces President Signs Into Law Funding to Modernize Stryker Vehicles, Increase Production of Abrams Tanks as Part of NDAA

December 12, 2017 | Press Releases

Critical Work Done on Stryker Vehicles and Abrams Tanks at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that President Trump signed into law the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which authorizes funding to upgrade Abrams tanks and Stryker vehicles. Critical work is done on both systems at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, where Portman recently hosted an employee town hall as part of his Ohio Defense Tour. The NDAA includes more than $1.6 billion for upgrading Abrams tanks to increase the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks in Lima and ensure that our forward deployed tanks have the most cutting-edge survivability enhancements. The bill also includes authorization of $622 million in funding to complete the fourth Stryker brigade with upgraded survivability and mobility improvements as well as a second brigade of Stryker vehicles with an upgraded weapons system. The funding authorization was included by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) in the NDAA following a letter sent by Senators Portman and Gary Peters (D-MI), and builds on last year’s NDAA which included $652 million to support upgrades to the Abrams tank and $579 million for the Stryker vehicle.

“In this heightened global security environment, we need to ensure our soldiers have the proper resources and tools necessary to carry out their critical missions,” said Portman. “The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima is now producing the latest-generation Abrams tank and Stryker vehicles, the Army’s most versatile and deployable combat vehicle. The additional funding provided in the NDAA would allow JSMC to increase the rate of production of the newest Abrams tank and make needed upgrades to Stryker vehicles. The work done at JSMC boosts Lima’s economy and provides critical national security assets that strengthen our military resolve. I am pleased that the president signed this bill into law to support the skilled JSMC employees I met with in August.  I believe it will make a difference for our military and allow JSMC to continue assisting our men and women in uniform.”

NOTE: Senator Portman has been instrumental in securing funding for Lima and its workers. In 2011, when the Obama Administration proposed a costly plan to shut down the Abrams tank production line at the JSMC, Portman and other Ohio delegation members successfully fought to keep the plant open.  Since then, Portman has worked hard to push for more foreign military sales to U.S. allies, protect Lima workers during downturns, and secure funding for the Abrams Tanks and Stryker vehicles.  In August, he visited the JSMC and hosted an employee town hall as part of his Ohio Defense Tour.  For more information on Portman’s work to protect Lima’s workers and keep our national security strong, see this fact sheet.