Saudi Arabia seeks TOW missile deal

Dec. 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has asked the United States for more than a thousand tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided missiles and associated equipment and services.

The sale, if approved by Congress, would be worth an estimated $170 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

"The proposed sale will support the Royal Saudi Land Forces' defense and counter-terrorism missions, contribute to stability in the kingdom and the region, and increase Saudi Arabia's overall deterrence capability," the agency said in its notification to Congress. "It will also enhance the RSLF's compatibility with U.S. forces and demonstrate the U.S.'s continued commitment to the RSLF's modernization efforts."

Saudi Arabia's shopping list includes 750 BGM-71 2B tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided -- or TOW -- missiles; 1,000 BGM-71 2A TOW missiles; missile containers; spare and repair parts; support equipment; and tools and test equipment.

Also included are personnel training and training equipment, U.S government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Raytheon would be the principal contractor.

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