2012: $300M CLSSA to Support Saudis’ “American Brigade”
Nov 26/12: The US DSCA announces [PDF] Saudi Arabia’s intent to buy blanket order requisitions, under a Cooperative Logistics Supply Support Agreement (CLSSA). The Government of Saudi Arabia wants to be able to issue these blanket order requisitions under the CLSSA for spare parts in support of its M1A2/S Abrams Tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), construction equipment, and support vehicles and equipment in the inventory of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Ordnance Corps.
The American equipment described by the DSCA announcement is in the possession of the Royal Saudi Land Forces’ 8th Armored Brigade in the southwest, near Khamis Mushayt. Saudi Arabia has another brigade supplied with French armored vehicles, which may be modernized in the near future with German or Russian gear.
The CLSSA would grant the Saudi 8th AB a contractually assured supply line for key vehicle spare parts, allowing them to operate their fleet with confidence. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $300 million.
There are no defined prime contractors, but it’s reasonable to assume that the same contractors providing similar items to U.S. forces would be involved: BAE, GDLS, AM General, et. al. Implementation of this proposed sale wouldn’t require any more U.S. Government or contractor representatives, beyond the cadre already in Saudi Arabia. This isn’t the first such CLSSA period, and it won’t be the last.