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MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment Foreign Military Sale for Saudi Arabia 21051502.

| 2015
Naval Forces News - Saudi Arabia
MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment Foreign Military Sale for Saudi Arabia
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 20, 2015.
MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment Foreign Military Sale for Saudi Arabia
MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters firing AGM-114 Hellfire Missile

The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a sale of 10 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters fourteen (14) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (10 installed, 2 spares and 2 for testing); twenty-four T-700 GE 401 C engines (20 installed and 4 spares); twelve (12) APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe transponders (10 installed and 2 spares); fourteen (14) AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Forward Looking Infrared Radars (10 installed, 2 spares, and 2 for testing); twenty-six (26) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (20 installed and 6 spares); and Link-16 capability; one-thousand (1,000) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; thirty-eight (38) AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles; five (5) AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training missiles; four (4) AGM-114Q Hellfire Training Missiles; three-hundred eighty (380) Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System rockets; twelve (12) M-240D crew served weapons; and twelve (12) GAU-21 crew served weapons. Also included are spare engine containers; facilities study and design; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication equipment; aerial refueling services; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $1.9 billion.

According Military Balance 2014, Saudia Arabia naval aviation is until now only equipped with French-made helicopters AS-365N Dauphin, AS-565, AS332B Super Puma and U.S.-made Bell 406 Combat Scout. The sale of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters will increase de capacities of Saudi Arabia naval aviation.

The proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats from enemy weapon systems. The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter will provide the capability to identify, engage, and defeat maritime security threats along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of additional U.S. Government and/or contractor representatives to Saudi Arabia.
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