Sale of military equipment from UK to Saudi Arabia

FCO 8/2587 1975 Jan 01 - 1975 Dec 31

This file concerns the sale of military equipment from the UK to Saudi Arabia. It contains correspondence and media reports on:

  • Outstanding payments due from Saudi Arabia
  • The visit of Sir George Edwards to Saudi Arabia and his audience with King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
  • A contract signed between Saudi Arabia and the US for the purchase of jet fighters
  • Proposals for cooperation between the UK and the US regarding arms supplies to Saudi Arabia
  • A Saudi request for the import of machinery to manufacture the 30mm Aden gun
  • Concerns in Iraq about the threat Saudi arms purchases might represent to them
  • Contractual disagreements between Rolls-Royce and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF)
  • The visit of a Saudi delegation to the US to view the US armed forces
  • Negotiations regarding the sale of Land Rovers to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, and for the prospective sale of communications equipment
  • The development by the US of an advanced version of the Crotale missile for Saudi Arabia
  • Requests, including from the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, the Royal Ordnance Factory in Blackburn, Heckler & Koch Limited, and Scientific Control Systems Limited, for clearance to supply certain equipment to Saudi Arabia, and from Hawker Siddeley Dynamics to release information to Saudi Arabia regarding a missile system
  • The intention of Scottish Aviation Limited to give a presentation of Bulldog aircraft to the RSAF
  • A visit by a Saudi delegation to the UK to view military equipment
  • Proposals for the expansion of British Aircraft Corporation business with the RSAF