Friday, January 23, 2015

A Sample of the Cost of the Continuing War in Iraq (and Syria)

From the Federal Register

(i) Prospective Purchaser: Republic of Iraq

(ii) Total Estimated Value:

Major Defense Equipment: * $399 million
Other: ..................................... $180 million
Total ................................... $579 million

(iii) Description and Quantity of Articles or Services under Consideration for Purchase:
1000 M1151A1 UpArmored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs),
1000 M2 .50 cal. machine guns, and 
1000 MK–19 40mm grenade launchers with universal mounts, commercial radios, communication equipment, repair and spare parts, publications and technical documentation, tools and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.


The proposed sale of the M1151 HMMWVs would facilitate progress towards increasing the Iraqi Security Force’s mobility and self-defense capabilities. Iraq will use the HMMWVs to increase the safety, effectiveness, and self-reliance of the Iraqi Security Forces. Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing these additional HMMWVs into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be AM General in South Bend, Indiana. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connections with this potential sale.

From the Federal Register

(i) Prospective Purchaser: Iraq
(ii) Total Estimated Value:
Major Defense Equipment* $.70 billion
Other ................................... $1.70 billion
Total ................................. $2.40 billion

175 Full Track M1A1 Abrams Tanks with 120mm Gun modified and upgraded to the M1A1 Abrams configuration,

15 M88A2 Improved Tank Recovery Vehicles,

175 .50 Cal M2 Machine Guns with Chrysler Mount,

350 7.62mm M240 Machine Guns,

10 .50 Cal BR M2 HB Machine Guns,

10,000 M831A1 120mm High Explosive Anti-tank TP–T Ammunition,

25,000 M865 120mm TPCSDS–T Ammunition,

10,000 M830A1 120mm High Explosive Anti-tank Multipurpose Tracer Ammunition,

10,000 M1002 120mm Target Practice Multipurpose Tracer (TPMP–T) Ammunition,

and 190 AN/VRC–92 Vehicular Dual Long-Range Radio Systems,

700 M1028 Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles, Radios, Receiver Transmitters (RT–1702G), installation, ammunition, simulators, communication equipment, support equipment, fuel, transportation, spare and repair parts, site surveys, Quality Assurance Teams, special tools and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistical support services, and other related elements of program and logistics support. 


Implementation of this proposed sale will require approximately five U.S. Government and one hundred contractor representatives to travel to Iraq for a period of up to five years for delivery, system checkout, program support, and training.

And yesterday the New York Times reports that because of falling oil prices Iraq wants weapons to fight ISIS on credit
Battered by a sharp decline in oil prices, Iraq is asking Western allies to provide weapons on credit for its fight against the Islamic State until Baghdad is in a better position to pay.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq said on Thursday that oil exports accounted for 85 percent of his government’s budget and that the precipitous drop in prices was posing a fresh challenge to the Iraqi government as it was trying to push back Islamic State militants.
“This has been disastrous for us,” Mr. Abadi said. “One thing we are asking for is deferred payment. That’s one solution. And I think our coalition partner has been very receptive of this.”
Mr. Abadi spoke at a news conference here with Secretary of State John Kerry and Philip Hammond, the British foreign secretary, after a meeting of 21 countries that are trying to weaken, and ultimately defeat, militants from the Islamic State who have proclaimed a caliphate that stretches from eastern Syria to northern and western Iraq.

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