(MILITARY) — On the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States. But they don’t buy it directly from manufacturers like Boeing or Sikorsky, they buy it instead through U.S. government intermediaries, like the Army’s Security Assistance Management Directorate.
The Saudis have purchased for their Royal Saudi Land Forces and Saudi National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters, as well as the light-weight MD 500 helicopter.
“There’s full suite of our aircraft going in for Saudi Arabia,” said Jeff Young, director for the Army Aviation and Missile Command’s security assistance management directorate. Young referred to the deal as a “mega sale.”