WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Dr. Ashton Carter, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged that the Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle – produced at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) – be considered to replace the tracked M113 combat ambulance vehicle, scheduled to be retired in the coming years. The U.S. Army’s procurement of the Stryker would lead to increased production and economic activity at the Lima tank plant.

“The workers at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center make some of the safest and most advanced military vehicles in the world,” Brown said. “Adoption of the Stryker as an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle would provide our servicemembers with the protection they deserve while boosting the Lima economy.”

The U.S. Army plans to develop new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV) to replace its current M113 combat ambulance vehicles. However, using the Stryker would save taxpayers the cost of development, while keeping medics and patients safe, as the Stryker’s “Double-V Hull” helps protect troops in the vehicle in case of attack from roadside bombs and other threats. The Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office at the Pentagon will soon assess both the tracked and wheeled vehicles currently available to the Army. In December 2014, Sen. Brown wrote a letter to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, urging the agency to give due consideration to the wheeled Stryker along with tracked vehicle options.

Brown has been a longtime champion of the JSMC and has worked over the years with Senate Armed Services and the Department of Defense leadership to promote the work done in Lima. Last week, Brown applauded the inclusion of more than $660 million for Stryker vehicle in President Obama’s budget proposal. In Dec. 2014, the Senate passed legislation that would keep jobs at the JSMC.