The State Department has approved a possible Foreing Military Sales of 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles to Thailand with equipment and support for an estimated cost of $175 million.
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) the Government of Thailand has requested to buy sixty Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) and sixty M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns. The deal will also include spare parts, Basic Issue Items (BII), Components of End Items (COEI), Additional Authorized List (AAL) (specific items for operations and maintenance), Special Tools and Test Equipment (STTE), technical manuals, OCONUS Deprocessing Service, M6 smoke grenade launchers (4 per vehicle) and associated spares, AN/VAS-5 Driver's Vision Enhancer (DVE), AN/VIC-3 vehicle intercommunications system, contractor provided training and Field Service Representatives (FSR), and other related elements of logistics and program support.
DSCA declares that the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States and help to improve security of a major Non-NATO ally in INDO-PACOM region. The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand's capability to defend its sovereign territory against traditional and non-traditional threats, by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. Thailand should have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
It is expected that this proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General Dynamics Land Systems. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.