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U.S. approves $15 billion worth THAAD missiles sale to Saudi Arabia

U.S. approves $15 billion worth THAAD missiles sale to Saudi Arabia

"An agreement has been reached with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deliver the S-400 air defense system, anti-tank Kornet-EM rocket systems, TOS-1A (multiple rocket launcher) systems, AGS-30 automated grenade launchers, and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles", the RIA news agency cited her as saying.

The transaction covers the delivery of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 fire control and communications mobile tactical station groups and seven AN/TPY-2 radars.

Military sales to Saudi Arabia have come under increased scrutiny over the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen.

The sale, supplied by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon - also includes 43 trucks, generators, electrical power units, communications equipment, tools, test and maintenance equipment and "personnel training and training equipment".

Russia has agreed to supply Saudi Arabia with a range of sophisticated modern weapons including S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Monday.

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The State Department said it would advise Congress that, in Saudi hands, the system would act to stabilize the situation in the Gulf and help defend USA forces in the region and their allies, who face a growing Iranian missile capability.

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defence architecture".

Its recent deployment by the USA military in South Korea to protect against any North Korean strike drew protests from Beijing, who feared its sensors would be able to penetrate into Chinese air space and upset the balance of power.

Saudi Arabia typically buys its military hardware from the USA or the U.K., and the S-400 deal could signal a shift in politics as the kingdom needs Russian Federation to support oil prices.

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