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.

The SANG’s requirements have firmed up since then and now consist of 12 AH-64E Apaches, 24 AH-6is and 24 UH-60M Black Hawks, according to a solicitation that was released by the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website in March asking for companies to bid for the contract to support and maintain the aircraft. […]