State Dept Clears $2B in Saudi MH-60R Helicopter, Turkey Phalanx Gun System Sales

Helicopter RadarThe State Department has approved approximately $2.2 billion in requests from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to purchase military equipment from the U.S. under foreign military sales agreements.

Saudi Arabia has asked the U.S. for $1.9 billion in MH-60R multimission helicopters, equipment and logistics services in a transaction that sees Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) as the principal contractors for the sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

That deal covers 10 Sikorsky MH-60Rs, 38 Lockheed Hellfire II missiles and multiple identification friend or foe responders, multispectral targeting systems forward looking infrared radars, sonobouys and precision kill weapon system rockets.

DSCA also announced that Turkey plans to upgrade its MK 15 Phalanx Block 0 close-in weapon systems, built by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), through a $310 million FMS agreement approved by the State Department.

Turkey also ordered four CIWS Block 1B Baseline 2 units, 42 remote and local control stations, spares, support equipment, technical documentation and training services.

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