Saudi Arabia requests navy training
The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale of a navy training programme to the government of Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 23 May. The estimated cost of the package is $250 million.
Saudi Arabia has requested the continuation of a naval blanket order training programme, including professional military education, English language training, technical training, publications and technical documentation, and programme support.
The proposed sale will allow the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) to maintain military performance levels and increase its ability to meet current and future maritime threats. The training will support the RSNF's patrol capabilities, contributing to the protection of critical industrial infrastructure for the sea lines of communications. The training will also help RSNF to enhance interoperability with the US and other coalition maritime forces.
If the sale goes ahead, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions will be the principal contractor for the programme.
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