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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships

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    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2015 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $11.25 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 19, 2015.

    The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a naval modernization program to include the sale of Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships and program office support. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant program will consist of:

    Four (4) MMSC ships (a derivative of the Freedom Variant of the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Class) that incorporate five (5) COMBATSS-21 Combat Management Systems (four (4) installed, one (1) spare) with five (5) TRS-4D Radars (four (4) installed, one (1) spare)

    Five (5) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) (Mode 4- and Mode 5-capable) UPX-29 (four (4) installed, one (1) spare)

    Five (5) Compact Low Frequency Active Passive Variable Depth Sonar (four (4) installed, one (1) spare)

    Eight (8) MK-41 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) (two (2) eight-cell assemblies per ship for 16 cells per hull)

    Five-hundred thirty-two (532) tactical RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) (one hundred twenty-eight (128) installed, twenty (20) test and training rounds, three hundred eighty-four (384) spares)

    Five (5) AN/SWG-l (V) Harpoon Ship Command Launch Control Systems (four (4) installed (one (1) per ship), one (1) spare)

    Eight (8) Harpoon Shipboard Launchers (two (2) installed four-tube assemblies per ship)

    Forty-eight (48) RGM-84 Harpoon Block II Missiles (thirty-two (32) installed, sixteen (16) test and training rounds)

    Five (5) MK-15 Mod 31 SeaRAM Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) (four (4) installed, one (1) spare)

    One-hundred eighty-eight (188) RIM 116C Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) (forty-four (44) installed, twelve (12) test and training rounds, one hundred thirty-two (132) spares)

    Five (5) MK-75 76mm OTO Melara Gun Systems (four (4) installed, one (1) spare)

    Forty-eight (48) 50-caliber machine guns (forty (40) installed (ten (10) per ship), eight (8) spares); ordnance; and Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Global Positioning System/Precise Positioning Service (GPS/PPS) navigation equipment

    Also included in this sale in support of the MMSC are: study, design and construction of operations; support and training facilities; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communications equipment employing Link 16 equipment; Fire Control System/Ceros 200 Sensor and Illuminator; 20mm Narwhal Gun; Nixie AN/SLQ-25A Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System; MK-32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes; WBR-2000 Electronic Support Measure and Threat Warning System; Automatic Launch of Expendables (ALEX) Chaff and Decoy-Launching System; ARC-210 Radios; Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS); Automated Digital Network System; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

    In addition, this case will provide overarching program office support for the SNEP II to include: U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support, and other related elements of program support to meet necessities for program execution. The estimated value of MDE is $4.3 billion. The total estimated cost is $11.25 billion.

    This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security goals of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This acquisition will enhance the stability and maritime security in the sea areas around the Arabian Peninsula and support strategic objectives of the United States.

    The proposed sale will provide Saudi Arabia with an increased ability to meet current and future maritime threats from enemy weapon systems. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships will provide protection-in-depth for critical industrial infrastructure and for the sea lines of communication. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability to keep pace with the rapid advances in technology and to remain a viable U.S. coalition partner in the region.

    http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/kingdom-saudi-arabia-multi-mission-surface-combatant-mmsc-ships
     
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    Delivery Schedule, Costs Become Sticking Points in U.S.-Saudi Littoral Combat Ship Deal

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    Saudi Arabia is balking at the potential sale from the U.S. Navy of 4 Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) because of concerns about delivery schedules and costs, according to a report in Defense News.
    One source thought the time to deliver the first ship would be around seven years, which the Saudis reportedly think is excessive. The US, sources said, is expected to come back with counteroffers. The deal for the ships is thought to cost between $3 billion – $4 billion, a source told Defense News.

    Saudi Arabia is one of the largest buyers of U.S. arms, and made the largest single purchase of U.S. arms in history in 2010, when the Kingdom bought over $60 billion in aircraft, helicopters and other military equipment. One defense official told a small gathering of professionals in Washington last fall that while Saudi Arabia prefers the superior quality of U.S. arms, delivery schedules are often longer than desired. Saudi Arabia’s naval forces are primarily supplied by French equipment and ships.

    Although Saudi Arabia has balked at the cost and delivery schedule for the 4 LCS ships, it is not rejecting the offer outright. The U.S. is said to be working to prepare a new offer. According to Defense News, negotiations have been underway between the US and the Saudis over the Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Combat Ship package, which includes weapons, logistics, training and other services.

    Saudi Arabia received approval to pursue the deal from the State Department in October for $11.25 billion under the Foreign Military Sales program according to an official cited by Bloomberg.

    http://sustg.com/delivery-schedule-...point-in-u-s-saudi-littoral-combat-ship-deal/
     
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