FMS: Saudi Arabia Wants 36 AH-64D Block III, 72 UH-60M, 36 AH-6i Light Attack and 12 MD-530F Helicopters


Released on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saudi Arabia
AGM-114R Hellfire II
AH-64E Apache Guardian
AH-6i
AN/AAR-57 CMWS
AN/APG-78
AN/APR-39
AN/APR-48A RFI
AN/AVR-2A(V)
AN/FPN-67 FBPAR
Arrowhead
GAU-19/A
M299
MD-500
MX-15i
T700-GE-701D
UH-60M BlackHawk
DoD - Department of Defense
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
GE - General Electric
GPS - Global Positioning System
IFF - Identification Friend or Foe
INS - Inertial Navigation System
WASHINGTON, October 20, 2010 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia of:

36 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters

72 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters

36 AH-6i Light Attack Helicopters

12 MD-530F Light Turbine Helicopters

243 T700-GE-701D Engines

40 Modernized Targeting Acquisition and Designation Systems/Pilot Night Vision Sensors

20 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Unit

20 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometer

171 AN/APR-39 Radar Signal Detecting Sets

171 AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning Sets

171 AAR-57(V)3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems

318 Improved Countermeasures Dispensers

40 Wescam MX-15Di (AN/AAQ-35) Sight/Targeting Sensors

40 GAU-19/A 12.7mm (.50 caliber) Gatling Guns

108 Improved Helmet Display Sight Systems

52 30mm Automatic Weapons

18 Aircraft Ground Power Units

168 M240H Machine Guns

300 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles

421 M310 A1 Modernized Launchers

158 M299 HELLFIRE Longbow Missile Launchers

2,592 AGM-114R HELLFIRE II Missiles

1,229 AN/PRQ-7 Combat Survivor Evader Locators

4 BS-1 Enhanced Terminal Voice Switches

4 Digital Airport Surveillance Radars

4 Fixed-Base Precision Approach Radar

4 DoD Advanced Automation Service

4 Digital Voice Recording System

Also included are trainers, simulators, generators, munitions, design and construction, transportation, wheeled vehicles and organization equipment, tools and test equipment, communication equipment, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, GPS/INS, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $25.6 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The Saudi Arabian National Guard will use the AH-64D for its national security and protecting its borders and oil infrastructure. The proposed sale will provide for the defense of vital installations and will provide close air support for the Saudi military ground forces. This sale also will increase the Saudi National Guard's APACHE sustainability and interoperability with the U.S. Army, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be:

The Boeing Company Mesa, Arizona

Lockheed Martin Corporation Orlando, Florida

Sikorsky Aircraft West Palm Beach, Florida

MD Helicopters Mesa Arizona

General Electric Company Cincinnati, Ohio

Lockheed Martin Millimeter Technology Owego, New York

Longbow Limited Liability Corporation Orlando, Florida

ITT Aerospace/Communications Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

Implementation of this proposed sale requires the assignment of approximately 900 contractor representatives and 30 U.S. Government personnel on a full time basis in Saudi Arabia for a period of 15 years. Also, this program will require multiple trips to Saudi Arabia involving U.S. government and contractor personnel to participate in annual, technical reviews, training, and one-week Program Reviews in Saudi Arabia.

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 and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source: Saudi Arabia - AH-64D APACHE, UH-60M BLACKHAWK, AH-6i Light Attack, and MD-530F Light Turbine Helicopters

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