The US State Department has approved a planned sale of four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) worth $11.25 billion to Saudi Arabia.
The Pentagon is notifying the sale to congress. The approval allows the Saudis to negotiate contracts for the ships unless Congress passes legislation to block the deal, the Bloomberg news reported Monday.
The sale is a part of US plan to bolster defenses of its Gulf allies after the nuclear deal with Iran, an unnamed official said.
The ships are part of a planned modernization, replacing older US-built vessels in the Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet. The sale also begins to deliver on President Barack Obama’s pledge to improve the military capabilities of the US’s Arab allies.
Saudi Arabia and other nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council sought such reassurances before acquiescing to the US-led deal with Iran on its nuclear program.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved $495 million sale of 9 UH-60M Black Hawk Utility helicopters to Saudi Arabia. The sale also includes 21 T700-GE-701D Engines, 20 Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS), 12 AN/AAR-57, Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) and 20 M240H 7
Boeing has won a $22 million contract to supply harpoon air launch missiles to Saudi Arabia. As per the contract, Boeing will be supplying 13 Harpoon full-up round tactical missiles and seven Harpoon air launch missile containers, US DoD said in a statement Thursday
The US will be resupplying Saudi Arabia with Thousands of precision-guided weapons that include Boeings Joint Direct Attack munitions. “Also included would be a resupply of Raytheons Paveway bombs,” Bloomberg quoted unnamed sources familiar with the proposal as saying
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