US Announces Potential $2.2 Billion Abrams Deal with Bahrain

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that the State Department has approved the potential sale of M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams MBTs and relevant support equipment to Bahrain, costing an estimated $2.2 billion.

According to a statement by the DSCA, the sale would include:

  • 50x M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams Main Battle Tanks
  • 4x M88A2 HERCULES Combat Recovery Vehicles
  • 8x M1110 Joint Assault Bridges
  • 8x M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicles
  • 8x Heavy Assault Scissor Bridge (HASB)
  • 1x M978A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) tanker and Load Handling System (LHS)
  • 1x M1300/M1302 Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter System (EHETS)
  • Ammunition
  • Repair supplies and equipment

“The proposed sale will improve Bahrain’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a credible force that can deter adversaries and provide the capability to participate in regional operations with the United States and other U.S. partner nations. Bahrain will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” the statement added.