Saudi Arabia - SANG Modernization Program

(Washington, December 17, 2009) -- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Dec. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 2,742 BGM-71E-4B-RF Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW-2A) Radio Frequency missiles and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $177 million. The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale for 2,742 BGM-71E-4B-RF Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW-2A) Radio Frequency missiles (42 missiles are for lot acceptance testing), publications and technical documentation, and other related elements of logistics support. The proposed sale will support efforts to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). The estimated cost is $177 million. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The SANG Modernization Program is an evolution of the SANG as an effective defensive force with the advice, assistance, and training of the U.S. Army. The proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia's capability to meet and defeat current and future threats from enemy armored vehicles created by the development and fielding of first- and second- generation explosive reactive armor. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Saudi Arabia, which already has previous TOW missile variants in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Source: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Date: Dec 18, 2009