WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the U.S. Army’s $714 million contract announcement to upgrade 174 Abrams tanks with the latest technological advancements in communications, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, along with upgraded armor.  This contract will benefit the Abrams tank production in Lima.  Portman issued the following statement: 

“This announcement is a big win for Lima and the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, and a much-needed investment in our troops. As the National Defense Strategy makes clear, our soldiers require the most modern equipment available to effectively combat U.S. adversaries that threaten our interests. With Lima’s irreplaceable workforce upgrading these tanks, our armored formations will be safer and more effective on the modern battlefield.” 

NOTE: Portman has consistently stood by the world-class workforce at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima. He recently applauded the announcement that JSMC will produce a bid design for a new light tank for the U.S. Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program. A portion of the 12 tanks will be assembled at JSMC, as well as 12 of the turrets. In 2017, Portman fought for legislation to authorize and fund more than $1.6 billion to increase the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks. As well as $622 million 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 was included at the urging of Portman and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). Then in 2018, President Trump signed into law legislation Portman championed to authorize $1.5 billion in funding to upgrade 135, or 1.5 brigades worth, of Abrams tanks — increasing the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks in Lima in order to ensure that our forward deployed tanks have the most cutting-edge capabilities.  The measure also included $225 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles, a $203 million increase over the president’s budget request for these upgrades. Portman has made clear he will continue to keep fighting for more funding for Lima

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