LIMA — The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center will continue to make defense vehicles for Israel.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced that Israel’s Defense Ministry signed a contract with the U.S. to continue production in Lima, according to a release from Portman’s office.
“This investment is important for JSMC, and will help make our ally and their soldiers safer and more effective,” said Portman in a statement. “I will continue my efforts to boost JSMC and support Israel as they face ongoing security threats.”
Israel’s Defense Ministry signed a $310 million contract with the company that operates the JSMC, General Dynamic Land Systems.
The contract states that JSMC will make kits for one of Israel’s armored personnel carriers, called a Namer.
“U.S.-Israeli security cooperation is critical, especially because of the volatility of the region,” said Portman in a statement. “The Israelis rely on the unparalleled combat vehicle manufacturing capability in Lima.”
Portman met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in 2012 to talk about the program and the benefits for both countries, according to the release.
During that meeting, he emphasized the advanced manufacturing capabilities at the JSMC, according to the release.
He continued discussions this past weekend in Israel and also talked of the value of sustaining U.S. and Israel “defense coordination and investment” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the release.