Saudi Arabia seeks $500m ammunition deal from the US

Royal Saudi Land Forces requests munitions to help protect southern border from Houthi, al-Qaeda attacks
Saudi Arabia seeks $500m ammunition deal from the US
Saudi soldiers deploy near the border with Yemen in the desert region of Khuba
By Staff writer
Sat 08 Aug 2015 09:57 AM

The United States has approved a possible sale of ammunition worth $500 million for the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

The US State Department said it has backed a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia for the ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

It said that the proposed sale will resupply the Royal Saudi Land Forces with the munitions it needs to continue to protect Saudi Arabia’s southern border from ongoing attacks by hostile Houthi militia and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula forces.

The Gulf kingdom's request includes one million High Explosive Dual Purpose Cartridges, 60,000 High Explosive Anti-Tank Tracer Cartridges, and 60,000 High Explosive Projectiles, a statement said.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the statement added.

The principal contractor will be Airborne Systems North America, while some items will be procured from a combination of army stocks and new procurement.

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