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U.S. State Dept approves possible $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.31 billion foreign military sale of self-propelled Howitzer systems and conversion equipment to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The Saudi government is seeking a possible sale of 180 155mm M109A5/A6 medium self-propelled Howitzer structures for conversion to 177 155mm M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems, as well as technical support, spare parts and other related elements, the Pentagon said in a statement.

(Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by David Alexander)

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