U.S. to Supply Bahrain with 50 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks

The estimated total cost of $2.2 billion and will also include combat recovery vehicles, assault breacher vehicles, and more

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The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 50 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks to Bahrain, with an estimated total cost of $2.2 billion. Alongside these tanks, Bahrain will also receive four M88A2 HERCULES combat recovery vehicles, eight M1110 joint assault bridges, eight M1150 assault breacher vehicles, and eight heavy assault scissor bridges (HASB), as well as light and heavy machine guns, M250 smoke grenade launchers, and various types of ammunition.

According to the U.S. State Department, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by enhancing the security of a major non-NATO Ally. Bahrain is recognized as an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. It's emphasized that the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not disrupt the fundamental military balance in the region.

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