Uncle Sam’s Sale: M1 Tanks for Morocco

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M1A1 Abrams(click to view full) In June 2012, the US DSCA announced Morocco’s formal request for upgrades and refurbishment of 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks, which are being provided as Excess Defense Articles from US stocks. Used tanks have become very popular around the world, and Germany’s Leopard 2 has become ubiquitous as a direct result of sell-offs by Germany and the Netherlands. American M1s haven’t been part of that dynamic so far, but the US Army does have a significant backlog of armored vehicles needing reset and repairs after hard use in theater. Having allies pay for that work, in exchange for the tanks, does 3 important things. It removes some of that maintenance overhang from American budgets. Second, it helps keep the Lima, OH busy until American M1 modernization work is set to begin in 2017. Finally, it keeps the tanks “useful” to the USA in a geo-strategic sense. This proposed sale is a classic example. * Morocco’s M1s: Benefits All Around ** Was the Chinese Tank Rumor an Information Op? [NEW] * Contracts & Key Events * Additional Readings Morocco’s M1s: Benefits All Around [youtube:v=_4fG6rrMxFU] RMAFclick for video If a contract is signed with Morocco, 200 M1A1 Abrams […]

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