KUWAIT WANTS TO IMPROVE ITS MILITARY CAPABILITIES
İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO-The US-based Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported that Kuwait is seeking to make $1.7 billion worth of upgrades to its aging fleet of tanks. On Mondaythe US State Department notified Congress of the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) in order to upgradeKuwait’s M1A2 Abrams tanks which are more than 200.Kuwait alsodesire to have 120mm gun tubes, second-generation Forward Looking Infrared gunsights, special armour, gunner primary sights, Counter Sniper and Anti-Materiel Mount hardware, and so-called embedded diagnostics.
DSCA argued that this sale would be beneficial for US as it helps to improve the security of an ally state and would be a significant force to economic progress and achieve political stability in the region. It will be only one of several FMS deals to be considered by the US Congress in the next 30 days, including sale of TOW missiles to Morocco, Chinook helicoptersto Saudi Arabia, and Apache helicopters to the United Arab Emirates. It can be said that USA tries to ensure the security of its ‘allies’ but also observe the region carefully to re-write its list of allies. Congress recently blocked a $1,15 billioncost requestof Saudi Arabiafor M1A2 tanks, because of increasing civilian death in Yemen.
In the first three months of 2017’s fiscal year, the combined total of DSCA’s notifications are about $44 billion. Possible sales in December costs $9,6 billion.