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US joint venture wins $90m Saudi defence deal

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman JV to supply radars for Saudi's Apache helicopters

US joint venture wins $90m Saudi defence deal
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A joint venture between US defence giants Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman has won a $90.6m contract in Saudi Arabia.

The Longbow Limited Liability Company said it has won the contract to provide Saudi Arabia with Longbow Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

The contract award includes AH-64E Longbow FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command.

The contract also includes Longbow FCRs for the Saudi Arabia National Guard, a statement said.

“Saudi Arabia is emerging as one of the largest international users of the Longbow systems,” said Mike Taylor, Longbow president and director of programmes at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

“The Longbow FCR team values our ability to provide Saudi Arabia with a product that will promote greater regional security while providing warfighters with the highest level of protection,” added Mike Galletti, director of the Tactical Sensor Solutions-Aviation business unit for Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division.

Since 1998, the Longbow FCR has provided Apache aircrews with target detection, location, classification and prioritisation.

In all weather and over multiple terrains, the radar allows automatic and rapid multi-target engagement.