Wednesday 23 Jul 2014

Middle East/Africa

Article taster from IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly 01 January 2014 issue.

Saudi national guard air wing takes shape

Jeremy Binnie and Gareth Jennings
JDW Middle East/Africa Editor

The Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) is quietly making progress on establishing a new aviation wing that will give it a ground-attack capability to rival that of the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF).

The SANG's aviation plans were outlined in October 2010, when the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a proposed sale of 36 Boeing AH-64D Block III (now known as the AH-64E) Apache attack helicopters, 36 Boeing AH-6i light attack helicopters, 12 MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F light helicopters, and 72 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters.

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