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Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization

The continuation of services under the SANG Modernization Program is an evolution of the SANG as an effective defensive force with the advice, assistance and training of the U.S. Army. The Modernization Program ensures necessary training, logistics, support, doctrine development and force integration for the continuing expansion and use of their weapon systems. These services will remain the cornerstone of an effort to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure of the SANG organization.

On 20 November 2003, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of modernization support services for the Saudi Arabian National Guard as well as associated equipment. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $990 million. The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of services for the continuation of the U.S. supported effort to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) by providing minor defense articles including spare and repair parts for V150 armored vehicles, light armored vehicles, artillery pieces, communications equipment, other military equipment, medical equipment and medicines, automation equipment and software for logistics, training, and management, translated (into Arabic) tactical and technical manuals.

Defense services transferred would include training, professional military advice and assistance, management assistance, contract administration, construction oversight, transportation of equipment, upper echelon maintenance, management of repair and return of components. These support services would be for the period 1 January 2004 through 31 December 2008. This proposed sale does not entail the procurement of Major Defense Equipment.

On 3 October 2005, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia for the continuation of the United States supported effort to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) by providing Major Defense Equipment (MDE) and non-MDE items as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $918 million. The sale included 144 Armored Personnel Carrier Vehicles; 12 Water Cannon Vehicles; 52 Command and Control Vehicles; 17 Ambulance and Evacuation Vehicles; 36 Platoon Command Vehicles and a lot of other stuff.

The proposed sale will also provide the SANG with additional command, control, and communications equipment needed to operate in a secure communications environment that will facilitate the performance of its mission within Saudi Arabia. It is consistent with the National Command Authority's intent for stability in the Central Command Area of Operation. The radios will modernize equipment and provide the critical VHF and HF links necessary for a large fast moving force and integration with the SINCGAR radios the SANG already has fielded in its Light Armored Vehicle and Light Infantry Brigades.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress 16 December 2009 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 2,742 BGM-71E-4B-RF Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW-2A) Radio Frequency missiles and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $177 million. The Government of Saudi Arabia requested a possible sale for 2,742 BGM-71E-4B-RF Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW-2A) Radio Frequency missiles (42 missiles are for lot acceptance testing), publications and technical documentation, and other related elements of logistics support. The proposed sale will support efforts to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG).

The SANG Modernization Program is an evolution of the SANG as an effective defensive force with the advice, assistance, and training of the U.S. Army. The proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabias capability to meet and defeat current and future threats from enemy armored vehicles created by the development and fielding of first- and second- generation explosive reactive armor. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Saudi Arabia, which already has previous TOW missile variants in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress October 20, 2010 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia of: 36 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters; 72 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters; 36 AH-6i Light Attack Helicopters; 12 MD-530F Light Turbine Helicopters; 243 T700-GE-701D Engines; 40 Modernized Targeting Acquisition and Designation Systems/Pilot Night Vision Sensors; 20 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Unit; 20 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometer; 171 AN/APR-39 Radar Signal Detecting Sets; 171 AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning Sets; 171 AAR-57(V)3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems; 318 Improved Countermeasures Dispensers; 40 Wescam MX-15Di (AN/AAQ-35) Sight/Targeting Sensors; 40 GAU-19/A 12.7mm (.50 caliber) Gatling Guns; 108 Improved Helmet Display Sight Systems; 52 30mm Automatic Weapons; 18 Aircraft Ground Power Units; 168 M240H Machine Guns; 300 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles; 421 M310 A1 Modernized Launchers; 158 M299 HELLFIRE Longbow Missile Launchers; 2,592 AGM-114R HELLFIRE II Missiles; 1,229 AN/PRQ-7 Combat Survivor Evader Locators; 4 BS-1 Enhanced Terminal Voice Switches; 4 Digital Airport Surveillance Radars; 4 Fixed-Base Precision Approach Radar; 4 DoD Advanced Automation Service; and 4 Digital Voice Recording Systems.

Also included are trainers, simulators, generators, munitions, design and construction, transportation, wheeled vehicles and organization equipment, tools and test equipment, communication equipment, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, GPS/INS, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $25.6 billion.

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 Saudi Arabian National Guard will use the AH-64D for its national security and protecting its borders and oil infrastructure. The proposed sale will provide for the defense of vital installations and will provide close air support for the Saudi military ground forces. This sale also will increase the Saudi National Guards APACHE sustainability and interoperability with the U.S. Army, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

As of early 2012, beyond the SANGs interest in buying 36 Apache Longbow Block IIIs, the Royal Guard wanted 10, and the regular Army wanted to add 24 Block IIIs to its existing fleet of 12 Block IIs.

The AH-64E Apache New Build (AH-64E New Build) is the heavy attack helicopter of the current and future force. The AH-64E meets all the requirements for Army and Joint interoperability goals for the future and will add significant combat capability while addressing obsolescence issues, ensuring the aircraft remains a viable combat multiplier beyond 2050. The AH-64E is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture to incorporate the latest communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.

Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia on 9/15/2015 include one batch of 12 for $408.3 million and a second batch of 12 of $496.8 million - one batch for the army, another for the Guard.

By mid-2016 Boeing began delivering AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopters to Saudi Arabia, with the first of 24 platforms set to roll off the Mesa production line in Arizona. Boeing was awarded the contract to build the AH-6i helicopters for the SANG in September 2014. Saudi Arabia placed a firm order for 73 Aravis MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles at the end of 2011. Laurent Collet-Billon Delegate General for the French Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA) confirmed 20 February 2012 during the presenting of the DGA 2011 results, that the French Defence Company manufacturer Nexter had signed a contract in late 2011 with Saudi Arabia, for "between 100 and 200" ARAVIS 4 x 4 armored vehicles. Saudi Arabia wold get three battalions of Aravis armored vehicles.

Saudi Arabia ordered 73 of them,and 191 were in option. Saudi Arabia took the option of 191 Aravis, so the total order is now about 264 Aravis. A total of 96 Aravis were built in 2014 for the National Guard, and 117 weere built in 2015. The last Aravis was to be delivered in 2016.



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