Saudi Arabia requests $250m naval blanket order training programme from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a navy blanket order training programme.
Saudi Arabia has requested the continuation of a naval blanket order training programme inside and outside of the country under the roughly $250m deal, which has now been granted approval by the US State Department.
The training includes English Language training, technical training, US Government and contractor engineering, publications and technical documentation, professional military education, technical and logistics support services and various other elements related to logistical and programme support.
The proposed sale will allow the Middle Eastern country and the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) to maintain military performance levels, in addition to providing an enhanced ability to address current and future maritime threats.
It will also support the RSNF in its role patrolling, as well as offer protection for critical industrial infrastructure and the sea lines of communications.
Additionally, the training will enable the Saudi naval force to improve interoperability with the US and other coalition maritime forces.
Approximately 88 contractor representatives will be assigned to Saudi Arabia for an estimated three-year period in order to support personnel training and implement the proposed sale.
US-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been cited as the potential principal contractor.