US oks a $3.5bn FMS from Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook helicopters

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US oks a $3.5bn FMS from Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook helicopters
 
The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook Cargo Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. for an estimated cost of $3.51 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on December 7, 2016.
     
US ks a 5bn FMS from Saudi Arabia for 48 CH 47F Chinook helicopters 640 001A CH-47F Chinook from B Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment of the US Army over Camp Marmal, Afghanistan Jan. 23, 2013
(Credit: USAF/Tech Sgt. Parker Gyokeres)
     
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 48 CH-47F Chinook Cargo Helicopters, 112 T55-GA-714A Engines (96 installed and 16 spares), 116 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (96 installed, and 20 spares), 58 AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) (48 installed and 10 spares), and 48 M240H 7.62mm Machine Guns with spare parts.

This request also includes the following Non-MDE: M134D Mini-Guns or equivalent type guns with support equipment and training; Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AN/APR- 39A(V) l/4, AN/AVR-2B, AN/ARC-231, AN/ARC-201D, AN/APX-123A, ARN-147 VOR/ILS, ARN-153 TACAN, APN-209, IDM-401 Improved Data Modem, and AN/ARC-220); Infrared Signature Suppression System (IRSS); Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES); Extended Range Fuel System (ERPS); Ballistic Armor Protection System; facilities; air worthiness support; spares and repair parts; communications equipment; personnel training and training equipment; site surveys; tool and test equipment; Ground Support Equipment (GSE); repair and return; publications and technical documentation; Quality Assurance Team (QAT); U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total overall estimated value is $3.51 billion.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner which has been and continues to be a leading contributor of political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command's (RSLFAC) interoperability with U.S. forces and advance the development of a heavy lift helicopter capability for Saudi Arabia," the DSCA stated on its website.

The prime contractors will be The Boeing Military Aircraft Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and Honeywell Aerospace Company, Phoenix, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.