By Innovation-sa on March 26, 2018 in News
The US State Department has approved a possible arms sale worth more than $1 billion to Saudi Arabia. The announcement came days after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman met US President Donald Trump at the White House, where Trump credited US defense sales to the Saudis.The department added that it had notified the US Congress on Thursday of the possible sale, which kick-starts a formal congressional review process.
The deal includes 6,600 TOW missiles and an additional 96 for training for a total of $670 million, a contract for equipment and services for Saudi Arabia’s military helicopters worth $106.8 million and $300 million worth spare parts for Saudi Arabia’s Abrams tanks and armoured vehicles, the State Department said in a statement.
“The proposed sale would safeguard the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic growth in the Middle East”, the statement added.
“The proposed sale of TOW 2B missiles and technical support will advance Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability”, it further added.
Earlier in 2017, when Trump visited the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the US signed a $350 billion arms deal, the largest in the history of America. Since then, the US is a major supplier of weapons to the Kingdom.