Saudi Arabia, UAE seek U.S. missiles

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has requested authority to sell missiles and munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in two separate deals worth $11.8 billion.

The department's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notifications to Congress, said both proposed contracts include provision of related equipment, parts, training and logistical support.


The Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia, with an estimated value of $6.8 billion, is for 650 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missiles-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), 973 AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW) and 400 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles.

One thousand GBU-39/B small diameter bombs, 40 CATM-84H captive air training missiles (CATM), 20 ATM-84H SLAM-ER telemetry missiles, four dummy air training missiles, 60 AWW-13 data link pods, 10 JSOW CATMs, 40 Harpoon CATMs, 20 ATM-84L Harpoon exercise missiles, 36 small diameter bomb captive flight and load build trainers were also requested.

Other items included are containers, mission planning, integration support and testing, munitions storage security and training, weapon operational flight program software development, transportation, tools and test equipment, support equipment, and spare and repair parts.

"This proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia's capability to meet current and future regional threats," the agency said. "These munitions will strengthen the effectiveness and interoperability of the air force of a potential coalition partner, enhancing the coalition operation."

The weapons order is for 84 new and 70 refurbished F-15SA aircraft Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase in 2011.

If Congress agrees to the Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia, principle contractors would be Boeing and Raytheon, and 2-4 U.S. government or contractor personnel would need to be assigned to the country.

The United Arab Emirates is separately seeking 5,000 GBU-39/B small diameter bombs (SDB) with BRU-61 carriage systems; eight SDB guided test vehicles for aircraft integration; 16 SDB captive flight and load build trainers; 1,200 AGM-154C JSOWs; 10 JSOW CATMs; 300 AGM-84H SLAM-ERs; 40 CATM-84H missiles; 20 ATM-84H SLAM-ER telemetry missiles; and four dummy air training missiles.

Data link pods, missile containers, missile storage and security training, plus software and spares are among other items comprising the UAE's shopping list.

"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 that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," a statement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. "The UAE continues host-nation support of vital U.S. forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and plays a vital role in supporting U.S. regional interests."

The missiles and munitions requested are to support the UAE's fleet of F-16 fighters.

Boeing and Raytheon would again be principal contractors.

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