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03:45 AM, January 18, 2018
US DSCA Approves $500 Million Patriot Missile System Support to Saudi Arabia
Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (Image: Lockheed Martin)

The US State Department has approved sale of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) system support services for an estimated cost of $500 million to Saudi Arabia. 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible purchase for continued participation, technical assistance, and support in the Patriot Legacy Field Surveillance Program (FSP); the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) FSP; and the Patriot Engineering Services Program (ESP).  Also included are Patriot and HAWK Missile System spare parts and repair and return management services and component repairs, and other related elements of logistics and program support, DSCA said in a statement Wednesday.

The principal contractors are Lockheed Martin for the FSP and Raytheon for the ESP.  There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the permanent assignment of any U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Saudi Arabia.  Support teams of 4-10 people will travel to the country on a temporary basis for 1-3 weeks at a time.

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