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Saudi Arabia requests M109A5/A6 howitzer structures

10th April 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The government of Saudi Arabia has requested a foreign military sale of 155mm M109A5/A6 medium self-propelled howitzer structures for conversion to M109A6 Paladin howitzer systems from the US, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 5 April.

In a package worth $1.31 billion, Saudi Arabia has requested 180 155mm M109A5/A6 medium self-propelled howitzer structures for conversion to 177 155mm M109A6 Paladin medium self-propelled howitzer systems; three fire support combined arms tactical trainers; 180 M2 HB .50 calibre machine guns; and eight advanced field artillery tactical data systems.

The request also includes overhaul, conversion and refurbishment services; special tools and test equipment; basic issue items; driver's vision enhancer wide system; communications equipment; and technical and logistics support services.

The Royal Saudi Land Forces currently operates M109A2, A3 and A5 howitzers. These modernised howitzers will enhance Saudi Arabia’s ability to support its deployed forces.

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