Portman Announces Senate FY 2021 NDAA Includes Funding for Abrams Tanks, Stryker Vehicles and Maneuver Short Range Air Defense

$1.4 Billion for Abrams Tanks, $1.239 billion for Stryker Vehicles, $378.6 million for M-SHORAD Included in Senate National Defense Authorization Act

June 24, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the Senate’s FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $1.033 billion in funding to upgrade 89 Abrams tanks, $392 for Abrams modifications, which will continue the production of the M1A2 SEPv3 upgraded Abrams tanks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima in order to ensure that our forward deployed soldiers have tanks with the most cutting-edge capabilities. The bill also includes $847 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles. Also included is $378.6 million to produce 72 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 men and women of the military have the best and most lethal weapons systems while keeping good, high-paying jobs in Lima.  

“This funding is a big win for Lima and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), which supports our troops both at home and around the globe.  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 produced at Lima and get to our forward deployed soldiers.  This is a significant improvement when not long ago the workforce was only funded for one tank per month.  This is important for our armored formations and for Lima and its irreplaceable workforce.”  

“I am also pleased the NDAA will increase funding for producing Stryker A1 vehicles. This authorization will help provide long-term stability to the industrial base and ensure our soldiers are rapidly provided with the most capable and survivable vehicle coming off the line.” 

“The Army has developed the M-SHORAD program to deal with the new, short range air defense threats on the modern battlefield.  It is based off the highly capable Stryker platform that is produced in Lima.  This is good news for the Army and the world-class workforce in Lima.” 

NOTE: Portman has been a staunch supporter of the JSMC and has visited the JSMC recently, where he met the new Base 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 ensuring the long-term viability of the JSMC since taking office and protecting Lima’s skilled workforce that provide a unique capability to our national security and defense industrial base.