US to sell Patriot missiles, bombs to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

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The US State Department has approved the sale of 84 interceptor missiles worth around $800 million to Kuwait in an attempt to improve the oil-rich country's Patriot air and missile defense system.


The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Thursday that the missiles -- called the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancements (MSEs) -- would be supplied by arms manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin Corp.

It further said the State Department has also approved a $425 million sale for training and technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and US military defense contractor Raytheon.

These companies will also carry out a third contract valued at $200 million which would cover the repair of Kuwait’s existing Patriot system, the Pentagon added.

"The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the US State Department said in a statement.

"The proposed sale of these articles and services will improve Kuwait's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure," it added, referring to last year’s Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

The unprecedented attack knocked out more than half of Saudi crude output, or five percent of global supply, prompting Saudi and US officials to claim without any evidence that it probably originated from Iran.

Tehran categorically dismissed Washington’s claim of Iranian involvement in the Yemeni raids.

The United States has long been selling weapons to warring sides in various Middle East conflicts, often using Iranophobia and other fear tactics to promote its arms sales.

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US to sell Patriot missiles, bombs to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

2020/06/1591080582.jpg
Read: 591     10:48     02 June 2020    

The US State Department has approved the sale of 84 interceptor missiles worth around $800 million to Kuwait in an attempt to improve the oil-rich country's Patriot air and missile defense system.


The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Thursday that the missiles -- called the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancements (MSEs) -- would be supplied by arms manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin Corp.

It further said the State Department has also approved a $425 million sale for training and technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and US military defense contractor Raytheon.

These companies will also carry out a third contract valued at $200 million which would cover the repair of Kuwait’s existing Patriot system, the Pentagon added.

"The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the US State Department said in a statement.

"The proposed sale of these articles and services will improve Kuwait's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure," it added, referring to last year’s Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

The unprecedented attack knocked out more than half of Saudi crude output, or five percent of global supply, prompting Saudi and US officials to claim without any evidence that it probably originated from Iran.

Tehran categorically dismissed Washington’s claim of Iranian involvement in the Yemeni raids.

The United States has long been selling weapons to warring sides in various Middle East conflicts, often using Iranophobia and other fear tactics to promote its arms sales.

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