Surface Forces: Saudis Seek A Special Ship

Archives

April 12, 2011: Saudi Arabia is looking to buy surface warships equipped with the Aegis air defense and anti-missile system from an American supplier, and has asked the U.S. Department of Defense for some help in the search. No specific ship class was mentioned. This Saudi request is part of their $20 billion Saudi Naval Expansion Program-II, and the Saudis are said to be seeking something like the new American LCS (Littoral Combat Ship), but equipped with Aegis. A dozen ships are often mentioned as the size of the initial order. American shipbuilders are thinking of offering a new frigate type ship, equipped with Aegis. Currently, there are two frigate type ships equipped with Aegis. One is the 5,200 ton Norwegian Nansen class ships. The other is the 6,200 ton Spanish Bazan class. Both of these are designed for high seas operations, while the Saudis want something more suitable for the unique (sheltered, shallower and warmer) waters of the Persian Gulf. The Saudi request isn't an invitation to a competition, but it could end up that way if an acceptable (cheap and effective enough) American proposal is not forthcoming.

The Saudis are also seeking some diesel-electric submarines. There are no American suppliers for this type of sub.

 

Article Archive

Surface Forces : Current 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 1999

X

Save StrategyPage

Over the years, we have tried to keep in-your-face ads off our site. If our readers have complained about an ad, we have looked into it and 90% of the time removed the ad. Unfortunately, revenues from standard ads are just not enough to keep us alive.

What can you do to help resuscitate StrategyPage? There are three possibilities:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

We appreciate any help you can give us.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close