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The US has authorized the sale of $5 billion worth of missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

On Tuesday, the United States announced the sale of major missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worth more than $5 billion.

The approval was announced two weeks after the US president Joe Biden met with the leaders of the two countries to Saudi Arabia on a trip seen as crucial to strengthening frayed relations with them, and as both countries feel an increased threat from Iran.

The State Department said Saudi Arabia would buy 300 Patriot MIM-104E missile systemswhich can be used to shoot down incoming ballistic and cruise missiles as well as attack aircraft at long range.

The cost of the missiles and related equipment, training and parts is $3.05 billion, the agency said.

Saudi Arabia has recently faced missile threats from outside Yemeni Houthi rebelswhich supplied Iranian equipment and technology.

“These missiles are used to protect the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against persistent cross-border Houthi drone and ballistic missile attacks on civilian targets and critical infrastructure in Saudi Arabia,” the State Department said.

Separately, the US will sell THAAD anti-aircraft missile systems to the UAE for $2.25 billion.

UAE too has recently been targeted by Houthi missile attacks, which were partially repelled by defense systems operated by the US military based in the country.

“The proposed sale will improve the UAE’s ability to counter current and future ballistic missile threats in the region and reduce reliance on US military forces,” the State Department said.


https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/08/02/us-missile-saudi-uae/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-missile-saudi-uae The US has authorized the sale of $5 billion worth of missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

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