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US Agrees to Sell 300 Patriot Missiles to Saudi Arabia

US Agrees to Sell 300 Patriot Missiles to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 3 August, 2022 - 04:30
The Pentagon said Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for the Patriot interceptors and equipment, which could be worth as much as $3.05 billion. (Reuters file)

The US State Department approved the potential sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interceptors to the United Arab Emirates and Patriot missile interceptors to Saudi Arabia in separate deals worth as much as $5.3 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.


The US State Department approved the potential sale of 300 MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical Ballistic Missiles (GEM-T) for the Patriot missile defense system as well as support equipment, spares and technical support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said.


The Pentagon said Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for the Patriot interceptors and equipment, which could be worth as much as $3.05 billion.


Separately the State Department approved the potential sale of 96 THAAD missile defense system interceptors and support equipment to the United Arab Emirates along with spares and technical support, the Pentagon said.


The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin was the prime contractor for the THAAD interceptors and equipment, which could be worth $2.25 billion.


The Biden administration has had a policy of not selling offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, though it is weighing rolling that back.


The potential deals came just weeks after President Joe Biden's July trip to the region that opened a new chapter in relations between Riyadh and Washington.


Biden had pledged to strengthen the relations, especially against Iranian threats.


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