In coming months, the Colombian Army will receive up to 200 M1117 ASV armored vehicles acquired from the United States through the US government’s EDA (Excess Defense Articles) program, which donates or sells military equipment that is no longer used by the US armed forces. , handing them over to their allies in support of their national security and foreign policy goals.
As part of the process of receiving these units, the Sierra Army Depot of the United States Army received a Colombian delegation headed by the Vice Minister of Defense Jairo García Guerrero, Vice Minister of Strategy and Planning of the Republic of Colombia, on February 2. November where he appreciated first-hand the state of the armored vehicles.
Garcia Guerrero met with several US military representatives to conduct a joint visual inspection of 200 M1117 armored vehicles and to discuss overhaul, shipping, and long-term maintenance of the vehicles.
Colombia will receive the ASVs through a grant from the EDA program that was approved by the North American country through the process of military sales abroad (Foreign Military Sales or FMS).
According to the United States Army, the use of the FMS process to deliver these assets to allied countries has numerous benefits, among which are: develop the capacity of the partners in an effective and low-cost way; savings in potential storage and demilitarization costs; and offer opportunities for modernization, repair, renovation, and refurbishment work by public-private partnerships to US companies and institutions.
The Security Assistance Management Directorate of the US Army Tank and Armaments Command was the entity in charge of supervising and supporting the transfer of these vehicles to Colombia, as well as the inspection visit. This unit also provided critical advice, informing the Deputy Minister of Defense about the renewal options available for armor, which included: Receiving the M1117 ASVs in the state they were in, a renewal done by the US Army workshops and or an overhaul performed by a contractor company.
So isn’t free is paid on long term