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The US De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (DSCA) has no­ti­fied Congress of a po­ten­tial for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) of mine-resistant am­bush-pro­tected (MRAP) ve­hi­cles and re­lated equip­ment to Pak­istan. Un­der the es­ti­mated $198 mil­lion sale, Pak­istan has re­quested 160 Nav­is­tar MRAP ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing 110 MaxxPro Dash DXM, 30 MaxxPro Base DXM and 10 MaxxPro Dash DXM am­bu­lances, as well as 10 MaxxPro re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles with pro­tec­tion kits. A lighter and more mo­bile vari­ant of the MaxxPro MRAP fam­ily, the MaxxPro Dash is de­signed to with­stand bal­lis­tic arms fire, mine blasts and im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs), as well as other emerg­ing threats on the bat­tle­field. The pack­age in­cludes spare and re­pair parts, support and test equip­ment, pub­li­ca­tions and tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, per­son­nel and equip­ment train­ing, tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­tics support ser­vices, as well as other re­lated el­e­ments of lo­gis­ti­cal and pro­gramme support.

Ap­proved by the US State Depart­ment, the sale is ex­pected to en­sure that Pak­istan can ef­fec­tively op­er­ate in hazardous ar­eas in a safe, en­hanced sur­viv­abil­ity ve­hi­cle, while im­prov­ing the coun­try’s in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with US forces. Specif­i­cally, the sale will en­able Pak­istan to pro­vide the same level of pro­tec­tion for its own forces as pro­vided by the US to its forces. The Pak­istani mil­i­tary al­ready pos­sesses MRAP ve­hi­cles and has suc­cess­fully demon­strated the abil­ity to op­er­ate and main­tain the ve­hi­cles in counter-in­sur­gency and counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions. The sale also con­trib­utes to the for­eign pol­icy and na­tional se­cu­rity of the US by help­ing to en­hance the se­cu­rity of a coun­try vi­tal to US for­eign pol­icy and na­tional se­cu­rity goals in South Asia. Nav­is­tar De­fense has been named as prime con­trac­tor for the FMS pro­gramme.

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