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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]
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