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Twin FMS deals support ballistic missile defence in Saudi Arabia and UAE

4th February 2022 - 11:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have each requested FMS deals to support their respective missile defence systems such as THAAD (pictured). (Photo: US Army/Capt Adan Cazarez)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are requesting missile defence equipment from the US under the FMS programme.

The State Department has approved two potential FMS deals to help US allies in the Middle East enhance and maintain their ballistic missile defence systems, on the same day that it gave the green light to a $4.21 billion FMS package for Jordan.

Saudi Arabia is requesting 31 units of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.7 million, to operate with the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system.

Data Link Solutions manufactures MIDS-LVT BU2 but a prime contractor for the Saudi FMS will only be

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