Saudi Arabia is set to acquire three Combattante FS56 fast attack craft (FACs) from CMN after paying the deposit on a USD250 million contract, the French newspaper La Tribune reported on 2 January.
The three vessels were originally lined up as part of a USD3 billion Saudi-funded programme to equip the Lebanese Armed Forces with French products. Riyadh announced in February 2016 that it had cancelled the programme because Beirut did not condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
La Tribune cited several corroborating sources as saying a further agreement covering MBDA SIMBAD-RC short-range air defence systems for the FACs had yet to be finalised.
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