FMS: Saudi Arabia Seeks 724 Additional LAVs

Released on Thursday, July 20, 2006
Saudi Arabia
United States of America
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
HF - High Frequency
LAV - Light Armored Vehicle
MDE - Major Defense Equipment
NVG - Night Vision Goggles
SANG - Saudi Arabia National Guard
SINCGARS - SINgle Channel Ground and Air Radio System
VHF - Very High Frequency
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia to continue modernization of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $5.8 billion.

The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale for the continuation of the United States supported effort to modernize the SANG by providing Major Defense Equipment (MDE) and non-MDE items:

724 LAV-25, LAV-AG, LAV-M, LAV-AT, LAV-CC, LAV-PC, LAV-A, LAV-AC LAV-E and LAV-R Light Armored Vehicles (LAV); 1,160 AN/VRC-90E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS) Vehicular Single Long-Range Radio Systems; 627 AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS Vehicular Single Long-Range Radio Systems; 518 AN/VRC-119 E SINCGARS Vehicular Single Long-Range Radio Systems; 2,198 SINCGARS Spearhead Handheld; 1,700 AN/AVS-7D Night Vision Goggles (NVG); 432 AN/PVS-14 NVG; 630 AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sight; 162 84mm Recoilless Rifle; and Harris Corporation Commercial High Frequency Radios; various commercial vehicles; fixed facilities and ranges; simulations; generators; battery chargers; protective clothing; shop equipment; training devices; spare and repair parts; sets, kits, and outfits; support equipment; publications and technical data; personnel training and training equipment; contractor engineering and technical support services and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $5.8 billion.

The proposed sale coupled with the training, assistance, and advice provided by the U.S. Government through the Office of the Program Manager SANG will serve to make a key regional ally and partner in the Global War on Terror more capable of defeating those who would threaten regional stability and less reliant on the deployment of U.S. combat forces to maintain or restore stability in the Middle East.

The SANG needs these defense articles so that it can effectively conduct security and counter-terrorism operations. The continuation of services under the SANG Modernization Program is an evolution of the SANG as an effective defensive force with the advice, assistance, and training of the U.S. Army. The Modernization Program ensures necessary training, logistics, support, doctrine development and force integration for the continuing expansion and use of their weapon systems. These services will remain the cornerstone of an effort to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure of the SANG organization.

The proposed sale will also provide SANG with additional command, control, and communications equipment needed to operate in a secure communications environment that will facilitate the performance of its mission within Saudi Arabia. It is consistent with the National Command Authority's intent for stability in the Central Command Area of Operation. The radios will modernize equipment and provide the critical VHF and HF links necessary for a large fast moving force and integration with the SINCGARS radios SANG already has fielded in its Light Armored Vehicle and Light Infantry Brigades.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region. Saudi Arabia is capable of absorbing and maintaining this additional MDE equipment in its inventory.

The principal contractors will be: ITT Aerospace/Communications Fort Wayne, Indiana; Harris Corporation Rochester, New York; General Dynamics Land Systems London, Ontario; Raytheon Corporation Tucson, Arizona.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

At present, there are approximately 250 U.S. Government personnel and 630 contractor representatives in country supporting the SANG modernization program.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.


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