The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of 155mm M109A5 / A6 medium self-propelled howitzer structures to Saudi Arabia for conversion to M109A6 Paladin howitzer systems.
The possible $1.31bn sale has been requested by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and approved by the US State Department.
Under the deal, Saudi Arabia has proposed the acquisition of 180 155mm M109A5 / A6 howitzer structures for conversion to 177 units of 155mm M109A6 Paladin medium self-propelled howitzer systems.
The sale package also includes three fire support combined arms tactical static training devices, 180 M2 HB .50 calibre machine guns, and eight advanced field artillery tactical data systems.
In addition, the FMS includes M109A5 / A6 upgrade, conversion and modernisation services, special tools and test equipment, basic issue items and driver’s vision enhancer wide system, as well as a quality assurance team, programme management support, verification testing, system technical support, and transportation.
Saudi Arabia’s security capabilities are hoped to be enhanced by the sale. It will cover US Government and contractor engineering, training, and technical services. Other related logistical and programme support services will also be included.
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The possible sale will help enhance the Royal Saudi Land Force’s interoperability with US Armed Forces and support US foreign policy and national security objectives.
The upgraded howitzers will be added to the existing M109A2, A3 and A5 howitzers in the RSLF inventory. They will help improve the nation’s ability to strengthen its deployed forces and protect its borders.