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In a press release by DSCA it became known that Romania will acquire up to 95 more M1278A1 Heavy Gun Carriers JLTVs. Originally Romania was cleared to buy up to 34 vehicles of that type, with then contract being valued at $43.73 million.
Now, Romania wants to bring the total number of the vehicles to 129. The modification to the contract includes 95 additional M1278A1s along with the additional support equipment needed and is valued at $104.0 million.
DSCA’s press release
“WASHINGTON, March 14, 2023 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of ninety-five (95) Heavy Gun Carriers Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $104.0 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The Government of Romania has requested to buy an additional ninety-five (95) Heavy Gun Carriers Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). This amendment will push the current case above the MDE and total case value notification thresholds and thus requires notification of the entire case. The original FMS case, valued at $43.73 million, included thirty-four (34) Heavy Gun Carriers JLTVs. Therefore, this notification is for a total of one hundred twenty-nine (129) M1278A1 Heavy Gun Carriers Joint Light Tactical Vehicles. Also included are VRC-104 radio kits; VRC-114 radio kits; baseline integration kits; basic issue items; Defense Advanced GPS Receivers (DAGRs); DAGR integration kits; network switch ports; exportable power kits; silent watch energy storages; power expansion kits; RF7800i intercom kits; combat bumper kits; winch kits; flat tow kits; run flat kits; spare tire kits; commander supply display units; improved turret drive systems; M1114 turret ring hatches; 2-year contractor spare parts package; technical assistance; total package fielding; technical publications/manuals; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $104.0 million.”, the press release states.
About the M1278A1 HGC JLTV
It is a variant of the JLTV, designed to accommodate either crew-served or remotely controlled weapon stations. With a protected gun mount, it is capable to be used to over-watch an area, support infantry with direct gunfire, escort convoys and in any other security oriented mission.
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