US approves $ 6 billion arms sales to Gulf allies

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The US State Department has approved possible arms sales worth $ 6 billion to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in three separate deals, the Pentagon said.

The United States relies on allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to counter Iranian influence.

The United States went ahead in April in part of a deal to sell Saudi Arabia’s Thad missile defense system.

By a notice sent to Congress on Friday, it would be possible for Bahrain to purchase various systems of Patriot missiles and related support equipment at an estimated cost of $ 2.48 billion.

The potential Bahraini deal includes 36 Patriot MIM-104 GMT, an upgraded version that can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles.

In a separate notification sent to Congress by the State Department, approval was also given to Bahrain to purchase various weapons to support its fleet of F-16 Block 70 and F-16V aircraft at an estimated cost of $ 750 million.

The deal includes 32 AMS-9X, 20 AGM-84, Block 2 Harpoon, 100 GBU-39s, 250-pound bomblets and other ammunition.

In a third notification to the Foreign Ministry, the UAE was given a $ 2.73 billion deal to buy Patriot missiles and associated equipment including 452 (BAC-3) and MSSI and related equipment.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible deal.

The process tells Congress that a sale has been approved for a foreign country, but that does not indicate that a contract has been signed or the negotiations concluded.