A unit of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles (Reuters/Issei Kato)
The US State Department has approved sales of Patriot PAC-3 missile complexes to Saudi Arabia, the US primary ally in the Arab world. At the moment Riyadh operates previous versions of the same air defense missile complexes.
Saudi Arabia will get a whole set of air defense systems, consisting of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles with containers and other associated equipment, including “2 PAC-3 Telemetry Kits, 6 Fire Solution Computers, 36 Launcher Station Modification Kits, 2 Missile Round Trainers, 2 PAC-3 Slings, 6 Patriot Automated Logistics Systems Kits, 6 Shorting Plugs, spare and repair part,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported.
“Saudi Arabia, which already has Patriot missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces,”the DSCA noted.
The main benefactors of the deal are going to be two American leading arms producers, Lockheed Martin Corp, producer of the PAC-3 missiles, and Raytheon.
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