US Approves Sale of 180 M109A6 Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzers (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on April 5.

According to Jane's, these structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated to be worth USD1.31 billion, the proposed deal also includes associated equipment and services, including .50 caliber machine guns and eight Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), a Raytheon command and control system used by US Army and US Marine Corps artillery units.

The US Department of Defense said in a statement on Friday that Lockheed Martin was awarded $279 million modification contract to increase fiscal 2018 PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) production contract to include Cost-Reduction Initiative missiles and associated ground support equipment to Saudi Arabia.