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February 21, 2016

Saudi Arabia requests $200m support services from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of US support services to Saudi Arabia.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of US support services to Saudi Arabia.

Under the estimated $200m deal, Saudi Arabia has requested the continuation of technical assistance field teams (TAFT) and other US Military Training Mission (USMTM) support.

The USMTM is a security cooperation organisation (SCO) responsible for identifying, planning and executing US training and advisory services for the middle-eastern nation.

The proposed sale will assign up to 202 case-funded US Government or contractor personnel to Saudi Arabia on a permanent or temporary basis.

"The proposed sale will assign up to 202 case-funded US Government or contractor personnel to Saudi Arabia on a permanent or temporary basis."

The sale will support combatant command initiatives in the region by enhancing Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat aggression and terrorism.

The services will help sustain the USMTM while increasing US-Saudi Arabia military interoperability.

No prime contractor is associated with the sale, which supports the US’ continued commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security.

In October, Saudi Arabia requested an FMS of UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters and associated equipment from the US.

Valued at $495m, the proposed sale included the supply of nine UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, along with 21 T700-GE-701D engines, 20 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation systems, 12 AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems, and 20 M240H 7.62mm machine guns.

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