Saudi Arabia to Spend $1.15 Billion on New Abrams and Hercules Vehicles

According to Defense News:

1452672740_21Saudi Arabia has requested to buy General Dynamics Land Systems-made M1A2S Abrams tanks and M88A1/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (Hercules) Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV) in a foreign military sale worth approximately $1.15 billion, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency statement Tuesday.

Congress was notified yesterday of the possible sale, which the State Department has approved. The notice does not mean the sale has been concluded.

The kingdom’s request includes up to 153 M1A1/A2 tanks for conversion to 133 M1A2S Saudi Abrams-configured main battle tanks, along with 20 replacements for vehicles damaged in battle.

The Saudi Arabian government also wants 20 Hercules ARVs.

It is worth noting that the 20 replacements for vehicles damaged in battle most likely refers to tanks lost in the fighting in Yemen.  Saudi forces have been engaged in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthi separatists.  Numerous videos of emerged over the past few months of Saudi tanks being engaged by Houthi fighters firing ATGMs.  These videos show Saudi Abrams and M60 tanks being engaged, so the 20 damaged Abrams tanks mentioned in this news story only represent some of the Saudi tank losses in this conflict.

Saudi to by LAVs with Cockerill Turrets

b-1024x768-CMI-Defence-Cockerill-CT-CV_04Jane’s is reporting that Saudi Arabia will be purchasing fire support and infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants of the General Dynamics Lands Systems (GDLS) 8×8 Light Armored Vehicle (LAV).  The deal is reported to be worth $10 billion and that the vehicles will be produced by GDLS Canada.  Belgium’s Belga news agency reported that GDLS Canada had awarded a EUR3.2 billion contract to Belgium’s CMI group to provide turrets for the  vehicles ordered by Saudi Arabia.  The turret that CMI will be providing is believed to be the Cockerill CT-CV 105HP.  This turret is equipped with a 105 mm high-pressure rifled gun with an autoloader and can also fire the laser-guided Falarick Gun-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM) that was developed by CMI and the Ukraine’s State Kyiv Design Bureau (Luch).  According to Jane’s, the CT-CV turret  uses the same 3000 Series architecture as the Cockerill Medium Caliber Turret (CMCT) which is available with a range of 25-40 mm cannons made by the US company Orbital ATK and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, with anti-tank missiles, remote control weapon stations, and various defensive aids being options.