SAUDI ARA­BIA RE­QUESTS $525 MIL­LION SALE OF 74K PTDS AEROSTATS FROM US

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The US De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (DSCA) has no­ti­fied Congress of a po­ten­tial $525 mil­lion sale of 74K per­sis­tent threat de­tec­tion sys­tem (PTDS) aerostats to the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia. Un­der the sale, Saudi Ara­bia aims to re­ceive ten 74K PTDS aerostats, as well as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, sup­port and train­ing. The Lock­heed Martin-built PTDS is a large he­li­um­filled sys­tem that will pro­vide sol­diers with long-range in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, re­con­nais­sance, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion as­sis­tance. It also pro­vides ground forces with sit­u­a­tional aware­ness against im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs) and in­com­ing mis­siles. The sale is in line with the US Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to Saudi Ara­bia’s se­cu­rity and armed forces.

As part of the sale, Saudi Ara­bia re­quested 14 ground mov­ing tar­get in­di­ca­tor (GMTI) radars, 26 MX-20 elec­tro-op­tic in­frared (EO/IR) cam­eras, and 10 com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­tel­li­gence (COMINT) sen­sors. The coun­try also asked for moor­ing sys­tems with em­bed­ded fi­bre-op­tics, ground con­trol sys­tems (GCS), as­so­ci­ated in­stal­la­tion hard­ware, tools and test­ing equip­ment, and ba­sic is­sue items (BII). Ad­di­tion­ally, the sale cov­ers pro­gramme man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal sup­port, trans­porta­tion, spare parts, com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, op­er­a­tors and main­te­nance man­u­als and train­ing. The pro­cure­ment will in­crease the Royal Saudi Land Force’s in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with US forces, as well as Saudi Ara­bia’s abil­ity to com­bat cur­rent and fu­ture threats.

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