Saudi Arabia requests $662m sale of AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems from US


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The estimated $662m deal has been approved by the US State Department.

Under the FMS, Saudi Arabia has requested the purchase of 26 AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems, 840 120mm projectiles with M781 fuses for live fire exercises, 2,240 M107 projectiles with M557 fuses, single-channel ground and airborne radio systems (SINCGARS), and defence advanced global positioning system (GPS) receiver (DAGR) equipment and accessories.

The 26 radar systems will include solid-state phased array radar with KN-4083 selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM), an enhanced land / sea inertial navigation system (INS), and an automatic levelling system.

"The FMS will allow Saudi Arabia to modernise its military capability, along with improving greater interoperability among Saudi Arabia, the US and other allies."

The possible purchase also includes Miltope laptops and accessories, medium tactical vehicles FMTV M1092 5-tonne trucks / chassis, software support, classroom simulators, government-furnished equipment, technical manuals and publications, essential spares and repair parts, consumables, live-fire exercise and ammunition, training and transportation.

The sale will also cover contractor technical support services, including repair and return support, quality assurance teams, and in-country field service representatives (FSR).

The AN/TPQ-53(V) radars will be used by the country to support its border security requirements and upgrade its armed forces with advanced capability to locate and counter the source of incoming ballistic artillery, rockets and mortars.

In addition, the FMS will allow Saudi Arabia to modernise its military capability, along with improving greater interoperability among Saudi Arabia, the US and other allies.

Lockheed Martin, based in Liverpool, New York, US, has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the AN/TPQ-53 (V) radars.