LIMA — Funding for upgrades of Abram Tanks and Stryker Vehicles at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center was officially secured Tuesday, according to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
On Tuesday, the Senate passed the FY 2019 Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies conference report, which included $1.5 billion for upgrades of 135, or 1.5 brigades worth, of Abrams tanks and $265 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles, according to Portman.
The funding will help increase the rate of production of the newest upgrades of Abrams tanks in Lima to ensure that they have the most cutting-edge capabilities, according to Portman.
For the past several years Portman has been instrumental in ensuring funds are secured for upgrades to Abrams tanks and Stryker vehicles.
“The funding supports our troops both at home and around the globe, and passage of this bill continues our efforts to rebuild our military,” said Portman in a news release. “The newest Abrams tank is a vital investment for our soldiers to meet the realities highlighted in the latest National Defense Strategy and they have already started coming off the line at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. This is important for our armoured formations and for Lima and its irreplaceable workforce.”
The upgrade of the Strykers will also help increase troop survivability and mobility through 82 hull conversions, according to Portman.
“I am also pleased that this bill provides additional resources to upgrade the hulls of 82 Stryker vehicles,” said Portman in a news release. “These hull improvements are an investment in our soldiers and will better protect them from the current threats on today’s modern battlefield.”
Brown, who has also helped secure funding for Abrams tanks and Stryker vehicles at JSMC, also believes it will be instrumental in keeping the troops safe.
“The men and women at JSMC perform critical work to increase the survivability and lethality of the vehicles our troops use throughout the world,” said Brown in a news release. “Abrams and Stryker have proven highly capable time and time again. I’ve seen JSMC’s workforce firsthand and will make sure funding continues to expand production at the facility.”
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