State Department approves AN/TPQ-53(V) radar system FMS to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems and related support. The total estimated program cost is $662 million.

Lockheed Martin Corp. in Liverpool, New York is the principal contractor for the AN/TPQ-53 (V) Radars. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a period of four months for in- processing/fielding, system checkout and new equipment training, as well as providing the support of two in-country FSRs for two years.

Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officials requested a possible sale of 26 AN/TPQ-53(V) Radar Systems to include:

  • Solid State Phased Array Radar with KN-4083 Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) enhanced Land/Sea Inertial Navigation System (INS) and automatic leveling system
  • 840 M931, 120mm Projectiles with M781 fuzes
  • 2,240 M107, 155MM Projectiles with M557 fuzes (for live fire exercise)
  • Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS) and accessories; Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR) equipment and accessories
  • Miltope laptops and accessories
  • Medium Tactical Vehicles FMTV M1092 5-ton trucks/chassis with support and accessories;

The sale will also include software support; support equipment; classroom simulators; government furnished equipment; technical manuals and publications; essential spares and repair parts; consumables; live fire exercise and ammunition; tools and test equipment; training; transportation; U.S. Government technical support and logistic support; contractor technical support; repair and return support; quality assurance teams; in-country Field Service Representative (FSR) and other associated equipment and services.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important partner which has been and continues to be a leading contributor of political stability and economic growth in the Middle East, officials say.

Saudi Arabia intends to use these radars to support its border security requirements and modernize its armed forces with a more current capability to locate and counter the source of incoming ballistic artillery, rockets, and mortars. This will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s goal to update its military capability while further enhancing greater interoperability among Saudi Arabia, the United States and other allies.

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