UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL THANI, AMIR OF THE STATE OF QATAR
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KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA MAY RECEIVE 30 MARK V PATROL BOATS FROM USA

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA MAY RECEIVE 30 MARK V PATROL BOATS FROM USA

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts,training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts,training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 30 Mark V patrol boats, 32 27mm guns, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $1.2 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Saudi Arabia which has been, and continues to be, an important force for stability in the Middle East. This sale of Mark V patrol boats will give the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) an effective combat and threat deterrent capability to protect maritime infrastructure in the Saudi littorals. This acquisition will enhance the stability and security operations for boundaries and territorial areas encompassing the Saudi Arabian coastline.

The purchase of Mark V patrol boats represents an upgrade and modernization of the RSNF’s existing patrol boat capability. The proposed sale will enhance interoperability between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will contribute to the stability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. The Mark V patrol boats will provide additional capability to rapidly identify, engage, and defeat maritime security threats in the near-offshore region of the Saudi littorals. The boats will be used primarily to patrol and interdict intruders in Saudi territorial seas, and recognized economic exclusion zones. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these additional boats.

From Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Designed by Maine Marine Manufacturing LLC in cooperation with the US Navy, the Mark V patrol boat has the following specifications:

Hull Construction: Aluminum Or Composite

Length: 90' (27 M)

Beam: (Molded) 18' (5.4 M)

Draft: 4'9" (1.5 M)

Speed (Full Load):

Max 45+ Kts

Cruise 25+ Kts

Range: 500-600 Nm @ Most Economical Speed

Propulsion System: (2) Mtu 12v-4000 With Kamewa/Rolls Royce 56s-Ii Waterjets

Crew: Up To 10 Crew And 2 Officers

Accommodations: Berthing, Full Galley And Mess

Armament: Capabilities For Up To 27 Mm Gun On Foredeck, .50 Cal Mg And 7.62mm Mg

Ballistic Protection: Removable Panels Optional For Pilot House Sides, Front And Windows

Source : http://www.navyrecognition.com