U.S. cancels 13-billion-dollar Marines combat vehicle purchase

09:18, January 07, 2011      

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on Thursday that he would cancel a 13-billion- dollar plan to buy Marines amphibious assault vehicles, in a bid to rein in military spending and stave off potentially deeper cuts to the defense budget.

The vehicle, called the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and built by General Dynamics Corp., can carry 17 Marines across water to land on shore and travel inland before, well beyond enemy beach defenses.

Gates said the vehicle has already taken 3 billion dollars to develop, and will swallow the Marine Corps' whole vehicle budget for the foreseeable future if the Pentagon is to go ahead with the purchase.

Gates said recent analysis of the scenario in which the vehicle is likely to be used showed other vehicles and war fighting techniques can handle the task.

Source: Xinhua

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