The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress July 25 of a possible $900 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Iraq of 50 M1135 Stryker Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles (NBCRV) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

Principal contractors would be General Dynamics [GD]; Germany’s Karcher Futuretech; Finmeccanica’s DRS Technologies; Smiths Detection; and Federal Resources. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Iraq has requested a possible sale of 50 M1135 Stryker Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance vehicles, DECON 3000 Decontamination Systems, M26 Commercial Joint Service Transportable Decontamination Systems (JSTDS), AN/VRC-89 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS) with Global Positioning System (GPS), and AN/VRC-90 SINCGARS with GPS.

In addition, Iraq requests M40A1 Protective Masks, Lightweight Personal Chemical Detectors LCD-3, Portable Chemical Warfare Agent Detectors GID-3, MultiRAE PLUS Gas Detectors, AN/VDR-2 Radiac Sets, M256 Chemical Agent Detector Kits, Decontamination Kits, Chemical Biological Mask Canisters, M8 Chemical Paper Agent Detector Kits, and water canteens.

The FMS request includes individual clothing and equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment.

The sale would include as well site surveys, a quality assurance team, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of program and logistics support.

This proposed sale would contribute to Iraq’s stability and sovereignty by increasing its situational awareness and ability to identify potential Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents.

The proposed sale directly supports the Iraqi government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people as well as United States foreign policy and national security by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner.

This equipment provides the Iraqi Army CBRN reconnaissance units with reliable capabilities for early warning of contamination by radiological, biological, and chemical material. Overall, these systems meet the requirements of providing the Iraqi Army with the ability to conduct CBRN reconnaissance techniques of search, survey, surveillance, and sampling to reduce the effects of exposure to these hazardous agents. 

Implementating the proposed sale would require approximately 35 U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Iraq for a period of as long as two years to provide management and training.