The State Department has approved a potential $104 million deal with Romania to purchase 95 additional Heavy Guns Carrier Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).

The new deal builds on a previous $43.73 million foreign military sale request from Romania for 34 Heavy Guns Carrier JLTVs, with the total case now covering 129 of the Oshkosh Defense

[OSK]-built vehicles.

A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle displays its overall capabilities during a live demonstration at the School of Infantry West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 27, 2019. The JLTV consists of multiple platforms capable of completing a variety of missions while providing increased protection and mobility for personnel across the Marine Corps. (Official Marine Corps video by Sgt. Timothy R. Smithers/Released)

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the updated FMS case on Tuesday.

“The proposed sale will improve Romania’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a credible force that is capable of deterring adversaries and enhance its participation in NATO operations,” the DSCA wrote in a statement.

Oshkosh Defense announced last week it’s protesting the Army’s decision to award the recent follow-on JLTV production contract to AM General (Defense Daily, March 6). 

AM General beat out Oshkosh Defense last month for the potential 10-year, $8.7 billion re-compete production contract, which may cover delivery of up to 20,682 JLTVs and up to 9,883 JLTV Trailers (Defense Daily, Feb. 9).