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US clears sale of Stryker fighting vehicles to North Macedonia

Stryker armored vehicles in Poland
US Army file photo of Stryker armored vehicles

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of Stryker armored fighting vehicles to North Macedonia for an estimated cost of $210 million.

More specifically, North Macedonia requested the sale of 54 Stryker vehicles in three configurations, an infantry carrier, a command, and a mortar carrier variant.

Also included in the deal are M2A1 .50 cal machine guns and M6 smoke grenade launchers, alongside Harris radios, common remote operated weapons stations (CROWS), GPS receivers, and driver’s vision enhancers.

The US State Department approval for the sale follows a US donation of 1.269 M4 rifles to North Macedonia earlier this month.

North Macedonia is also receiving Oshkosh Defense-built joint light tactical vehicles (JLTV) and has already signed paperwork for the first 33 units. Deliveries will take place between 2022 and 2023. The country has options to buy a total of 152 JLTVs by 2024.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe,” a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement on the possible sale of Stryker vehicles to North Macedonia said.

The principal contractor will be General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Sterling Heights, Michigan. Vehicles will be produced at GDLS-Canada in London, Ontario.