U.S. approves sale of more than 133 Abrams battle tanks to Saudi Arabia

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M1A2s arrive at the Port of Constanta (c) U.S. Army photo by SPC Devone Collins/ 24th Press Camp Headquarters

The U.S. State Department has  approved a 1.15 billion sale of  133 M1A2S main battle tanks and related equipment to Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.

That was reported  at Department of State daily press briefing with Elizabeth Trudeau, Director, Office of Press Relations,  August 9, 2016.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

“This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization,” the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for M1A2S Saudi Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M88Al/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV), equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $1.15 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 8, 2016.

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