The equipment, requested by the government of Iraq, will be used to help stand up forces for the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Peshmerga, according to a State Department release. The goal of these units is to combat the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS.
The highlights of the package include:
- 4,400 M16A4 rifles.
- 46 M2 50-caliber machine guns.
- 186 M240B machine guns.
- 36 M1151 Humvees.
- 77 M1151 up-armored Humvees.
- 12 3-kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator sets.
- 36 refurbished M119A2 105mm howitzers; spare parts, training and associated equipment related to the mentioned vehicles; and artillery systems.
- A mixed bag of other equipment, including medical and radiological gear, ambulances, and mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles.
This deal is the second Foreign Military Sales deal for Iraq approved under the Trump administration. Earlier this month, State approved a sale of pilot training and support for C-172, C-208 and T-6 aircraft, a deal that could net Spartan College of Tulsa, Oklahoma, more than $1 billion.
The agreement brings the total amount of foreign military sales approved by State in fiscal 2017 to $48,857,700. The record was set in 2012, at $68.6 billion.