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Saudis seek $1.2 billion support deal

Aug. 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has asked the United States for support and services for its aircraft under a foreign military sales deal worth $1.2 billion.

The support package for the Royal Saudi Air Force, if approved by Congress, would include contractor technical services, logistics support, maintenance support, spares, equipment repair, expendables, support and test equipment, communication support, precision measuring equipment, personnel training and training equipment, technical support, exercises, and other related services.

"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 U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notification to Congress.

"Saudi Arabia needs this follow-on maintenance and logistical support to sustain the combat and operational readiness of its existing aircraft fleet."

There is no prime contractor involved in this proposed sale and no known offset agreements proposed.

No additional U.S. government or contractor representatives would be required to deploy to Saudi Arabia for the contract, the agency added.

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