The State Department has approved aÂ proposed sale of fourÂ Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT)Â combat ships withÂ associated parts, equipment and services to Saudi Arabia under an $11.25 billion foreign military sales agreement.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said TuesdayÂ Saudi Arabia asked to buy theÂ Multi-Mission Surface Combatant shipsÂ with corresponding electronics and munitions for modernization efforts.
DSCA noted the country plans to use the the ships to support maritime security in the Arabian Peninsula and address current and potential maritime threats.
The MMSC is a derivative of the Littoral Combat Ship‘s Freedom variant that hasÂ a reconfigurable hull designÂ to support missions ranging from anti-air and antisubmarine operations to electronic warfare tasks.
Saudi ArabiaÂ also requested services forÂ documentation, personnel training, logistics and program support, as well as communications equipment, training facilities, spare and repair parts, defense and threat warning systems and information systems.
OtherÂ major defense equipmentÂ in the sale includes:
- FiveÂ COMBATSS-21 combat management systems
- FiveÂ TRS-4D radars
- FiveÂ Identification Friend or Foe systems
- Five compact low-frequency active/passive variable depth sonars
- EightÂ MK-41 Vertical Launching Systems
- 532Â RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles
- FiveÂ AN/SWG-l(V) Harpoon Ship Command Launch Control Systems
- EightÂ Harpoon shipboard launchers
- 48Â RGM-84 Harpoon Block II missiles
- Five MK-15 Mod 31 SeaRAM close-in weapon systems
- 188Â RIM-116C Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles
- Five MK-75 76-millimeter Oto Melara gun systems
- 48Â 50-caliber machine guns