U.S. approves sale of four MMSC ships to Saudi Arabia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $11.25 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 19, 2015.

The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a naval modernization program to include the sale of Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships and program office support. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant program will consist of:

Four MMSC ships (a derivative of the Freedom Variant of the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Class) that incorporate five COMBATSS-21 Combat Management Systems (four installed, one spare) with five TRS-4D Radars (four installed, one spare)

Five Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) (Mode 4- and Mode 5-capable) UPX-29 (four installed, one spare)

Five Compact Low Frequency Active Passive Variable Depth Sonar (four installed, one spare)

Eight MK-41 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) (two eight-cell assemblies per ship for 16 cells per hull)

532 tactical RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) (128 installed, 20 test and training rounds, 384 spares)

Five AN/SWG-l (V) Harpoon Ship Command Launch Control Systems (four installed (one per ship), one spare)

Eight Harpoon Shipboard Launchers (two installed four-tube assemblies per ship)

48 RGM-84 Harpoon Block II Missiles (32 installed, 16 test and training rounds)

Five MK-15 Mod 31 SeaRAM Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) (four installed, one spare)

188 RIM 116C Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) (44 installed, 12 test and training rounds, 132 spares)

Five MK-75 76mm OTO Melara Gun Systems (four installed, one spare)

48 50-caliber machine guns (40 installed (ten per ship), eight spares); ordnance; and Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Global Positioning System/Precise Positioning Service (GPS/PPS) navigation equipment

Also included in this sale in support of the MMSC are: study, design and construction of operations; support and training facilities; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communications equipment employing Link 16 equipment; Fire Control System/Ceros 200 Sensor and Illuminator; 20mm Narwhal Gun; Nixie AN/SLQ-25A Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System; MK-32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes; WBR-2000 Electronic Support Measure and Threat Warning System; Automatic Launch of Expendables (ALEX) Chaff and Decoy-Launching System; ARC-210 Radios; Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS); Automated Digital Network System; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

In addition, this case will provide overarching program office support for the SNEP II to include: U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support, and other related elements of program support to meet necessities for program execution. The estimated value of MDE is $4.3 billion.

The principal contractor for the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant will be Lockheed Martin Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland.

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