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US Approves $688 Million Sale of Stryker Vehicles, Heavy Gear to Peru

© REUTERS / Lehtikuva/Elias LahtinenUS army soldier and Stryker armored vehicle during "Arrow 16" mechanised exercise of the Finnish Army in collaboration with US Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment's Mechanized Infantry Company in Niinisalo, Finland (File)
US army soldier and Stryker armored vehicle during Arrow 16 mechanised exercise of the Finnish Army in collaboration with US Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment's Mechanized Infantry Company in Niinisalo, Finland (File) - Sputnik International
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The US Department of State approved a $688 million sale to Peru for 178 Stryker infantry vehicles and an array of other combat equipment, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The eight-wheeled Stryker is the US Army’s primary combat and combat support platform. The Vehicle carries a nine-man infantry squad and a crew of two.

"The government of Peru has requested a possible sale of one hundred and seventy-eight (178) reconditioned Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles; one hundred and seventy-eight (178) M2 Flex.50 Cal Machine Guns; and one hundred and seventy-eight (178) Remote Weapon Stations (RWS)," the release stated on Monday. "Total estimated program cost is $668 million."

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Vehicles that have been repaired due to heavy usage or damage in combat operations are said to be "reconditioned."

The release stated it is in the US national security interest for Peru to "field capable forces and multi-role equipment for border security, disaster response, and to confront de-stabilizing internal threats, such as the terrorist group Sendero Luminoso."

The prime contractor for the program is General Dynamics Land Systems located in the US state of Michigan.

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