Security CooperationNavy IPO’s Full Spectrum Capability Approach
Navy IPO was instrumental in leading one of the most sought after and largest SC deals in the world – as well as ensuring aligned national interests and capability in one of the world's most critical and volatile regions – advancing our strategic national security interests. The Saudi Naval Expansion Program (SNEP I) began in the 1970s when the USN provided thirteenFor over a decade, the Navy and U.S. industry had expected the Royal Saudi Naval Force to modernize their 1970-vintage Navy. However, they did not and Navy IPO did not give up. Years of diligent preparation met a fleeting moment in time when the two tectonic plates of Heads of State recognized a mutually aligned and beneficial opportunity that resulted in a $110 billion Saudi Arms deal. SNEP II is now a reality – with helicopters, ships and weapons all now in an execution phase.
Additionally, the historic deal represented an expansion of the security assistance relationship between the U.S. and Saudi. Of the capabilities, the USN had one LOA for SNEP - four (4) Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships with full total package for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and potential future defense capabilities included in a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to support the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). Saudi’s Ministry of Defense signed the $6.028 billion LOA for the MMSC ships on May 25, 2017. The LOA included associated weapons and equipment, spares, training, engineering, technical assistance, and infrastructure. The weapons systems included MK 4I Vertical Launch System, NATO Evolved SEASPARROW Block I missiles, MK15 Close-In Weapon System, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block II, Harpoon Block II missiles, 20mm gun weapon system, 57mm gun weapon system, and .50 caliber guns.
Navy IPO was also instrumental in the Norway P-8A deal. Norway signed the LOA to procure five (5) aircraft on March 31, 2017. Norway is a critical partner in the high northern seas of Europe, with deep experience operating in these waters and a low probability of their presence irritating neighboring nations. The US, UK and Norway also signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) on June 29, 2017 for P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft Partnership. The SOI builds upon each country’s decision to procure P-8A Aircraft and provides a non-binding framework to enable cooperation focused on strengthening deterrence and enhancing stability in Europe and the North Atlantic.
Other Navy IPO FMS efforts include the Kuwait F/A-18. On April 30, 2015 Kuwait submitted an LOR for LOA for twenty-eight (28) F/A18 E/F Super Hornet with an option for twelve (12) additional jets, facilities and support. The Kuwait Minister of Defense signed and accepted the U.S. Government LOA on February 8, 2018 at a total case value of $5.2 billion; aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in FY2021.