LIMA — About 90 positions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center are supported by an Israeli contract.
The Isreali partnership “represents about 22 percent of the overall production capability of this facility,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who visited the tank and military vehicle production plant Wedensday
Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, came to show Danishai Kornbluth, the Israeli Ministry of Defense representative located at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., production happening at the tank and military production plant and thank him for the country’s contribution, he said.
The production of the Namer, a heavy armed personnel carrier, protects 90 skilled employees and management support positions.
A new contract was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems, which operates the plant, in May and is for $295 million through 2021, according to a release from Turner’s office. Work began under the original contract in March 2011.
After the JSMC constructs the hull, the vehicle is finished at production facilities in Israel, which Turner mentioned he was able to tour recently.
“This is an opportunity for us to take joint capabilities, joint needs and joint threats and try to apply our joint ingenuity to solve them,” Turner said.
“We have fought for the capability for this facility for the past several years to ensure that it was available for U.S. national security capabilities and one of the goals we’ve had was to look at international partnerships,” Turner said. “We’re looking to international partners [to be] able to ensure the viability of the plant.”
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