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February 4, 2022

US State Department approves sale of MIDS-LVT to Saudi Arabia

The move comes after Saudi Arabia placed a request for 31 MIDS-LVT block upgrade 2.

The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of multifunctional information distribution system-low volume terminals (MIDS-LVT) to Saudi Arabia.

The estimated cost of the FMS, along with the associated equipment, is $23.7m.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has already notified Congress regarding the potential sale.

According to a DSCA statement, Saudi Arabia placed a request for 31 MIDS-LVT block upgrade 2 (BU2). This follows a previous implemented sale of 11 MIDS-LVT BU1.

The potential deal will also include the delivery of related communications equipment, support equipment, and engineering and technical support and assistance, as well as training and other logistics and programme support.

“This proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic growth in the Middle East,” the DSCA statement said.

MIDS-LVT BU2 includes high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links, to support real-time secure tactical information across the military tactical data network Link 16.

These terminals will be installed on terminal high altitude air defence (Thaad) platforms. The previous MIDS-LVT BU1 terminals were already installed on the Patriot missile system.

The principal contractor for the proposed sale is yet to be determined. A competitive contractual award process will be carried out after LOA implementation.

DSCA added: “The proposed sale will provide the Saudi armed forces with the equipment, training, and follow-on support necessary to protect Saudi Arabia, and the region, from the destabilising effects of terrorism, countering Iranian influence, and other threats.”

In December, the US State Department approved a potential FMS of Javelin FGM-148F missiles to Lithuania.

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