Gates told senators Tuesday that the Pentagon has found means to produce Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles more quickly, USA Today reported.
"It's going to take a little extra money," he said.
The money will come from maintenance and repair accounts and be added to $2.4 billion already allocated to MRAP vehicles.
John Young, head of the Pentagon's MRAP task force, told Defense News on Wednesday that Gates requested $1.165 billion to buy 2,650 more vehicles. Young said that more than $600 million would come from programs that have been canceled and the rest would be transferred from vehicle maintenance and other accounts.
U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., chairman of the Appropriations Committee, suggested that the money will be available, USA Today said.