The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) for a Patriot Air Defense System and associated equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Under the estimated $1.75bn sale, Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 202 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) -3 Missiles with containers, and one guidance enhanced missile (GEM) Flight Test Target/Patriot as a Target.
The package also includes two PAC-3 telemetry kits, six fire solution computers, 36 launcher station modification kits, two missile round trainers, two PAC-3 slings, six Patriot automated logistics systems kits, six shorting plugs, spare and repair parts, lot validation and range support, and ground support equipment.
The US will also provide repair and return, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, a quality assurance team, US Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
Approved by the US State Department, the sale is expected to help restock Saudi’s current Patriot missiles, which are becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and the limited availability of repair parts.
The PAC-3 missiles will support Saudi Arabia’s current and future defence missions and promote stability within the region.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Raytheon Corporation will be the principal contractors.
As part of the proposed programme, the system would be implemented after one of the US contractors completes equipment fielding and system checkout in Saudi Arabia for a period of three years.
Extensively operated by the US forces, the missile is also in service with Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Spain, Korea, Taiwan and the UAE.
Image: Launch of a MIM-104 Patriot missile. Photo: courtesy of Bernd vdB.