Saudi Arabia Requests Light Armoured Vehicles from US

13 June 2011 (Last Updated June 13th, 2011 18:30)

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified US Congress of a possible sale of a range of light armoured vehicles (LAV) and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia. Under the estimated $350m foreign military sale (FMS), Saudi Arabia has requested 25 LAV-25, 24 LAV command and control

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified US Congress of a possible sale of a range of light armoured vehicles (LAV) and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Under the estimated $350m foreign military sale (FMS), Saudi Arabia has requested 25 LAV-25, 24 LAV command and control vehicles, eight LAV Assault Guns, eight LAV anti-tank vehicles, six LAV mortars and 2 LAV recovery vehicles.

The proposed package also includes three LAV personnel carriers, three LAV ammo carriers, a LAV engineer vehicle, two LAV ambulances, AN/VRC 90E and AN/VRC-92E export single channel ground and airborne radio systems (SINCGARS).

The LAVs will be used by the Saudi Arabian National Guard to improve its ability to effectively conduct security and counterterrorism operations.

The potential sale would help the Arab nation to be less dependent on US forces to maintain or restore stability in the Middle East.

ITT Aerospace / Communications, Harris, General Dynamics Land Systems and Raytheon will be the prime contractors.