State Department approves $1 billion sale of up to 2,747 JLTVs for the U.K.

By Lee Hudson / July 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

The State Department this week approved a $1 billion sale of up to 2,747 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the United Kingdom.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the sale on July 10.

"This possible sale also includes baseline integration kits, basic issue item kits, B-kit armor, engine arctic kits, fording kits, run-flat kits, spare tire kits, silent watch kits, power expansion kits, cargo cover kits, maintainer and operator training, U.S. government technical assistance and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support," according to a DSCA statement.

The proposed sale will improve the U.K.'s light tactical vehicle fleet and the country's ability to meet current and future threats, the statement reads.

Last month, the Marine Corps revealed the first infantry battalion to be equipped with JLTVs would be with II Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. The specific battalion will be determined in late 2018 or early 2019.