FMS: Saudia Arabia Requests MIDS/LVT-1 for Typhoon Aircraft

Released on Friday, September 26, 2008
Saudi Arabia
Typhoon T
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
LLC - Limited Liability Company
LVT - Low Volume Terminals
MIDS - Multifunctional Information Distribution System
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2008 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Low Volume Terminals as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $31 million.

The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 80 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Low Volume Terminals (MIDS/LVT-1) to be installed on United Kingdom Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, data transfer devices, installation, testing, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training, training equipment, contractor engineering and technical support, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $31 million.

This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The MIDS terminals will increase pilot operational effectiveness by at-a-glance portrayal of targets, threats, and friendly forces on an easy-to-understand relative position display.

This proposed system will increase combat effectiveness while reducing the threat of friendly fire. The system will foster interoperability with the U.S. Air Force and other countries. MIDS/LVT-1 will provide allied forces greater situational awareness in any coalition operation. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. Saudi Arabia is capable of absorbing and maintaining these additional MIDS/LVT-1 terminals in its inventory.

The prime contractor will be Data Link Solutions, LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to 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; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

Source: Saudi Arabia - Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Low Volume Terminals

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