Iraq ups order for more Mishawaka made HUMVEE's

Published: Apr. 20, 2017 at 6:33 PM EDT
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About 75 percent of the production at A.M. General’s military plant in Mishawaka is being sold overseas.

It was announced Thursday that Iraq wants to increase its previous HUMVEE order by another 150-units.

The deal is worth $28 million.

The news was delivered to workers and the press at the plant today as U.S. Senator Todd Young, (R) Indiana, took his first tour of the A.M. General plant.

“You recently received a contract to provide additional vehicles to Iraq, some of those vehicles, as you know, are already on their way over to Mosul,” said the senator.

Young serves on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees such transactions. ““We, of course, want to be careful about who we sell these vehicles to but we’re the committee of jurisdiction so it’s really important I come here and learn more about what exactly these vehicles can do, how they’re make, why we’re selling them to various people.”

A.M. General first reached a deal to sell 356 units to Iraq last June at a contracted price of $66 million.

A.M. General also does significant business with Afghanistan.

Senator Young thanked the workers for improving world security at a time when he said the new administration was trying to do the same.

“On nearly every front, it’s clear that the United States military and the United States foreign policy establishment is back and we're going to assert ourselves.”

Young said the administration sent a strong signal to the North Koreans that efforts to build intercontinental ballistic missiles would not be tolerated. “And Syria, we sent a strong signal indicating that we don't gas women and children, we just don't allow that.”