US State Department Announces Huge Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

On Wednesday, the US State Department approved a possible huge military sale to Saudi Arabia of continuation of missile system support services for an estimated cost of 500 million US dollars.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency under the US Defense Ministry published an announcement revealing that the agency has notified the Congress of this sale later on Wednesday.

The document proves Saudi Arabia has requested to purchase 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).

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The list of their purchase also included 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.

The main contractors are Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD for the FSP and Raytheon Company, Andover, and MA for the ESP. Support teams of four to 10 people will travel to Saudi Arabia on a temporary basis for one to three weeks at a time.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, this proposed sale, which is a continuation of current support, would help improve Saudi Arabia’s security.

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