The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said sale of the 10 Link-16 capable data link systems and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, along with associated equipment, is worth an estimated $257 million.
"The Royal Saudi Air Force needs additional ISR capability to provide persistent, real-time route surveillance, facility, infrastructure and border security, counter-terrorism and smuggling interdiction, support for naval and coastal operations, internal defense and search and rescue operations." The agency said in its notification to Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sales.
"Currently, the RSAF's RE-3 aircraft is in depot maintenance and will not be available until after 2015. In the interim, the King AIR 350ER-ISR aircraft will allow the RSAF to perform a portion of the RE-3 mission."
Prime contractors for the deal would be L-3 Communications, Hawker Beechcraft, Raytheon and Rockwell Collins, Harris Corp., ATK, BAE Systems and VIASAT.