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Mexico seeks Humvees for counter-narcotics operations

Mexico has requested a Foreign Military Sales deal from the United States for the purchase of more than 3,000 Humvee utility vehicles for its army.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A possible sale to Mexico of more than 3,000 Humvee utility vehicles awaits congressional approval.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress of the proposed Foreign Military Sales deal, said the Mexican army will use the vehicles in anti-crime and anti-drug operations.

"Mexico intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing army architecture to combat drug trafficking organizations," the agency told Congress. "This will contribute to the Mexican military's goal of updating its capabilities, while further enhancing interoperability between Mexico and the U.S. and among other allies."

Mexico's shopping list: 3,335 M1152 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and logistics support.

The principal contractor would be AM General and at least four U.S. government or contractor representatives would be required to travel to Mexico for three years for operational and maintenance training.

The value of the deal would be $556 million.

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