NEW YORK (AP) The United States has a long history of buying equipment from other countries, but it’s unclear how much is from the days when the U,S.
military was building tanks and planes.
The military said Tuesday that equipment is still available from the early 1900s through the 1990s.
It said it has purchased equipment from Russia, Egypt, India, Jordan and Turkey since the mid-1800s.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the U (or the U-S.) military has acquired more than 1.3 billion pieces of equipment from the Middle East since World War II.
The Office for Coordination said that, on average, the U buys about 15 million pieces of kit per year, and it does not track how much of that is military.
The office said it is aware of reports that some parts are made overseas.
The Pentagon said it does have a history of purchasing parts from the United Kingdom, Australia, France and the United States, and that the U bought parts from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada from the 1950s to the 1980s.