United States of America
- Defense Security Cooperation Agency
- Foreign Military Sale
- High Frequency
- Light Armored Vehicle
- Major Defense Equipment
- Night Vision Goggles
- Saudi Arabia National Guard
- SINgle Channel Ground and Air Radio System
- 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
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
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
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
This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the
sale has been concluded.
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