The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale worth $662 million to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 26 AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems and related support.
Saudi Arabia intends to use Lockheed Martin manufactured AN/TPQ-53(V) radars to enhance its border security and modernize its armed forces with a more current capability to locate and counter the source of incoming ballistic artillery, rockets, and mortars, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency press release said.
Saudi Arabia has also requested Solid State Phased Array Radar with KN-4083 Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) enhanced Land/Sea Inertial Navigation System (INS) and automatic leveling system; 840, M931, 120mm Projectiles with M781 fuzes (for live fire exercise); 2000, 2,240, M107, 155MM Projectiles with M557 fuzes (for live fire exercise); Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS) and accessories; Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR) equipment and accessories; Miltope laptops and accessories; Medium Tactical Vehicles FMTV M1092 5-ton trucks/chassis with support and accessories; software support; support equipment; classroom simulators; government furnished equipment; technical manuals and publications; essential spares and repair parts; consumables; live fire exercise and ammunition; tools and test equipment; training; transportation; U.S. Government technical support and logistic support; contractor technical support; repair and return support; quality assurance teams; in-country Field Service Representative (FSR) and other associated equipment and services, the release states.
Saudi Arabia has been hit by incoming short-range missiles and projectiles from rebel-occupied regions of Yemen in the past. It has claimed to have intercepted several of them using the Patriot anti-missile system already in service with its armed forces.
Boeing has completed a series of upgrades that substantially enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi Arabias E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Among the enhancements to improve radar capabilities and reduce repair time for the airborne surveillance fleet are systems that increase the original equipments radar sensitivity and expand the range for tracking targets
Saudi Arabia could insist that spares for imported military hardware should be made within the country marking a major policy shift for one of the biggest arms importers in the world. No contract for the supply of weapons would be concluded if production of spare parts took place in any other country and not in Saudi Arabia, according to the country's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud
Pakistan is in discussions with Saudi Arabia to send combat troops to defend the kingdom amid growing concern over threats from ISIL militants and Houthi rebels. Islamabad and Saudi Arabia have long had a close military and security relationship, with troops from Pakistan's large and combat-hardened army regularly deployed for training Saudi soldiers
The United States has approved the sale of a new threat detection system for $525 million to Saudi Arabia, the US Department of State announced in a statement. "The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 74K Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) Aerostats and related equipment, support and training," the statement said on Monday
Saudi Arabia has shot down 11 Scud missiles fired by Al Houthi rebels from across the Yemen border after fighting intensified since the collapse of a US-backed ceasefire last week. Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missile batteries to counter tactical ballistic missiles that have been fired sporadically from Yemen during the course of the war, Gulfnews reported Friday
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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale estimated $750 million to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for an air force blanket order training program. The training for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and other Saudi forces will include such subjects as civilian casualty avoidance, the law of armed conflict, human rights command and control, and targeting via MTTs and/or broader Programs of Instruction (POIs), DSCA said in a press release
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