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Riyadh Studies Purchase Of Aegis-Equipped Destroyers

June 14 2011

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is considering buying U.S.-made Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers that could be fitted with ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, reports Defense News.

The U.S. Navy briefed Saudi officials in late May on the capabilities of the destroyers, which would become the most powerful ships in the kingdom's navy.

Riyadh has previously looked at the littoral combat ship (LCS) designs of Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, which can be equipped with SPY-1F lightweight...

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