Russian Federation agrees to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons
Oct 10 2017
Prompted by Iran's threats to the Gulf region, the USA has reportedly approved the sale of THAAD anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of United States dollars 15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Military sales to Saudi Arabia have come under increased scrutiny over the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen.
Earlier, the Bloomberg news agency published information with reference to a press release from the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), according to which Moscow and Riyadh signed contracts providing for the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems.
Russian Federation has signed a deal with Saudi Arabia for the delivery of anti-aircraft missiles after initial confusion over whether the deal took place or not.
The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.
The U.S.is also focused on increasing missile defense at home and for allies as tensions heat up in the Pacific and the Middle East, as well as with Russian Federation.
"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defense architecture".
The sale, supplied by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon - also includes 43 trucks, generators, electrical power units, communications equipment, tools, test and maintenance equipment and "personnel training and training equipment". "This visit is the beginning of strategic cooperation", al Harithi said.
The United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles.
Officials told AFP that the sale, which can go ahead if the US Congress does not object within 30 days, should be seen as part of an overall $110 billion arms package that President Donald Trump promised the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.