The Afghan national security forces will receive over one hundred M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) as part of efforts by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to equip the Afghan forces for 2016 fighting season.
According to the alliance, the first batch of over 100 HMMWVs has already arrived to Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan’s Security Assistance Office.
The vehicles will be delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. In total, more than 100 will be arriving in the next few weeks, the alliance said in an online statement.
The vehicles are part of the Resolute Support Mission’s effort to equip Afghan National Army units for Fighting Season 2016.
The M1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier is an improved version of the standard Humvee (HMMWV) having a heavier chassis and improved engine to handle add-on armor.
The international and regional allies of Afghanistan have stepped up efforts to equip the Afghan forces amid deteriorating security situation in the country.
The Afghan armed forces will also receive 55 Mobile Strike Force vehicles under a contract by the US Department of Defense (DoD).
The vehicles would be built by Textron Marine & Land Systems. “Textron Marine & Land Systems, New Orleans, Louisiana, was awarded a $56,176,864 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for 55 Mobile Strike Force vehicles with related fielding hardware and field service representative services for system deprocessing,” the statement said.
The statement further added that the work will be performed in Slidell, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2016.