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US Air Force seeks radar solutions for Saudi air defence

The US Air Force directorate tasked with overseeing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is soliciting industry solutions for long-range, elevated air defence radar systems, which will be tapped for future foreign sale to Saudi Arabia.

The request for information (RFI) issued on 11 December by the digital directorate of the FMS division of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center will evaluate potential elevated radar capabilities for use by Saudi Arabian armed forces, or other regional allies and partner nations – focusing on platform capability, exportability, cyber-security capabilities, and estimated cost and delivery schedules. In the end, service officials anticipate that information derived from the RFI will lead to an FMS-driven acquisition strategy for delivery and technical support for 13 advanced elevated radar systems.

“These solutions provide partner nations with secure mission capability, able to interoperate both within sovereign space and with U.S. and Allied military forces,” service officials said in the RFI. The eventual radar solution selected for the Saudi armed forces will provide “day [and] night persistent detection, tracking and monitoring capability against diverse air-breathing threats, including the difficult low radar-cross-section unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), cruise missiles and low flying inbound aircraft within its area of coverage”, the RFI added.

Saudi Arabia National Guard members inspect a Cobra counter-battery radar system  (Saudi Arabia National Guard )

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