USA to sell $15 bln THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia

US approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia's state company Rosoboronexport for procurement of several armament systems.

The deal includes contracts to purchase Russian advanced S-400 air defence systems, the Kornet Anti-Tank Missile systems, TOS-1 A rocket launchers, IGS-30 grenade launchers and AK- 103 Kalashnikov machine guns, Saudi Press Agency, SPA reported.

The Russian system's radar is considered especially risky to USA forces because it can spot a fourth-generation fighter - like Lockheed's F-16 or Boeing 's ( BA ) F-15 and F/A-18 - before the fighter's radar can pick up the air-defense system.

A terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor.

The green light for the deal, which Saudi Arabia has long sought, came one day after King Salman met Russia's President Vladimir Putin and signed a preliminary agreement to look at Moscow's S-400 air defense system.

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"This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia's capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region".

The S-400 is a very capable missile-defense system, somewhat comparable to the US's MIM-104 Patriot, according to CSIS.

The sale of the system, created to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of their flight, would boost Saudi and Gulf security against Iranian and other regional threats, the Trump administration claimed.

Despite increasing coverage over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the two countries share an interest over Iran's ballistic missile program in the Middle East.

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