The United States will buy more than 1,200 tank-like armored vehicles and spare parts for Venezuela’s defense ministry as the country struggles to contain unrest, state media reported Monday.
The announcement comes after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said last week that the United States was considering purchasing armored vehicles to bolster its military capability in Venezuela, after President Nicolás Maduro accused Washington of interfering in the countrys affairs.
U.S.-made armored vehicles are a popular choice for Venezuela because they are cheap and can be deployed quickly, making them ideal for responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.
But U.K.-based defense company General Dynamics is developing an affordable and highly effective version of the M113A1 Abrams heavy tank that will replace the Abrams tank.
The company is now working on the design, which would make it cheaper to buy the M103A1 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, or Bradley.
In a statement, General Dynamics said the armored vehicle was developed in collaboration with Venezuela’s military and that it would be delivered in 2019.
The United States is also considering buying more than 100 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to replace the U.T.A.A., which is not currently in service, the company said.