The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of tube-launched, optically tracked wire-guided (TOW) missiles to Saudi Arabia.
Under the first $170m FMS, Saudi Arabia has requested for supply of 750 BGM-71 2B TOW missiles, seven fly-to-buy TOW2B missiles, 1,000 BGM-71 2A TOW missiles, seven fly-to-buy TOW2A missiles, spare and repair parts, support equipment, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
Besides supporting the Royal Saudi Land Forces’ (RSLF) defence and counter-terrorism missions, the package will also contribute to stability in the Kingdom and the region, increase the country’s overall deterrence capability, while enhancing the RSLF’s compatibility with US forces.
The second estimated $900m sale covers supply of 9,650 BGM-71 2A TOW radio-frequency (RF) missiles, along with 4,145 BGM-71 2B tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided aero RF missiles, 91 TOW-2A fly-to-buy missiles, and 49 TOW-2B fly-to-buy missiles.
In addition, the sale is expected to enhance Saudi Arabia’s capability to address and defeat threats from enemy armoured vehicles.
Both sales contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Saudi Arabia, which provide an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon will serve as prime contractors for the first and second sales, respectively.
Image: A tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided missile on display at the White Sands Missile Range Museum in New Mexico, US. Photo: White Sands Missile Range Museum.