Saudis make bid for airborne intel suites through FMS

Saudi Arabia has requested that the United States approve the sale of a $257 million contract for 10 Link-16 data link systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance suites for use in King Air 350ER aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said August 15.

DSCA notified Congress August 9 that the request was pending through the Foreign Military Sales program.

The Saudi Arabian air force wants the ISR suites to improve infrastructure and border security, for naval and coastal operations, and other missions.

At least a half dozen contractors would be involved, including BAE, L-3 and Raytheon.

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