Saudi Arabia Requests Night Vision Equipment from US

16 May 2011 (Last Updated May 16th, 2011 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a foreign military sale (FMS) of various night and thermal vision equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under the estimated $330m deal, Saudi Arabia has requested 200 high-performance in-line sniper sight (HISS) therm

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a foreign military sale (FMS) of various night and thermal vision equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the estimated $330m deal, Saudi Arabia has requested 200 high-performance in-line sniper sight (HISS) thermal weapon sights, 200 MilCAM recon III LocatIR long-range and lightweight thermal binoculars with geolocation.

The package also includes 7,000 dual-beam aiming lasers (DBAL A2), 6000 AN/PVS-21 low-profile night vision goggles (LPNVG), spare and repair parts, and other related logistical and programme support.

The proposed sale will increase Royal Saudi Land Forces' (RSLF) capability to defend against threats during operations conducted at night and during low-visibility conditions.

The equipment will also meet the force's defence and counterterrorism requirements to deter current insurgent activity.

FLIR and Laser Devices will be the prime contractors.