Kremlin Defends Missile Deal With Saudi Arabia

11 October, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • US approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

The State Department said the USA government approved the sale of its advanced Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system to Saudi Arabia in a $15 billion deal that officials claim furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

A terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor.

Saudi Arabia also ordered THAAD battery maintenance equipment, 43 prime mover trucks, electrical power units, communications equipment, generators, test and maintenance supplies, spares and fix parts.

Contacts between Moscow and Riyadh over the supplies of Russian S-400 air defense systems to Saudi Arabia have achieved a very good preliminary result, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. "The contacts over implementing this deal have been very positive", TASS quoted Peskov as saying. It is the first visit of a Saudi monarch to visit Mr Putin.

The US sale has not yet "concluded", it confirmed.


Last week, Australia said it will outfit its new naval warships with Lockheed's Aegis air-defense system, which is also used by the USA and Japan and would help the three navies coordinate on missile-defense missions.

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

Iran, whose hostile behaviour has got the USA and Saudi Arabia concerned recently, also happens to have one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East.

Ambassador Khalid bin Salman further stated, "Saudi Arabia values the long-standing and close partnership with the United States and our mutual commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the region".

The Saudis in addition have also agreed to buy the US Thaad missile Defence systems at a cost of $15 billion. Saudi Arabia's neighbours, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have also been supplied THAAD systems.

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