Law Authorizes $1.5 Billion for Abrams Tanks and an Additional $225 Million for Stryker Vehicles 

CINCINNATI, OH — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that later today President Trump will sign into law the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes $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 includes $225 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles, a $203 million increase over the president’s budget request for these upgrades.  Earlier this year, Portman led a letter to Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) urging them to increase funding for modernizing Stryker Vehicles in the NDAA. 

Portman released the following statement: 

“This bipartisan law 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 Abrams tank is a vital investment for our soldiers to meet the realities highlighted in the latest National Defense Strategy and they have already started coming off the line at JSMC in Lima.  This is important for our armored formations and for Lima and its irreplaceable workforce.” 

“I am also pleased this measure authorizes additional funding for producing Stryker A1 vehicles.  The budget request from the Army would have left a gap in production and was not aligned with their vision to outfit all nine Stryker Brigades with this upgraded version.  We’ve increased that funding, but I’m hopeful we can do more to provide long-term stability to the industrial base and to keep our soldiers from waiting too long to be fielded with the most capable and survivable vehicle coming off the line.”

 

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