TNN : US approves Patriot missile sale to Saudi Arabia

FILE - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defense system is displayed during a Made in America showcase on the South Lawn of the White House, July 15, 2019, in Washington. The Biden administration on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, approved two massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help them defend against Iran. The new sales include $2.2 billion for high altitude missile defenses for the UAE. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Les États-Unis approuvent la vente de missiles Patriot à l’Arabie saoudite

After his visit to the kingdom, President Joe Biden’s administration has approved the $5bn deal/ Après sa visite dans le royaume, l’administration du président Joe Biden a approuvé l’accord de 5 milliards de dollars

The Biden administration has approved the sale of Patriot missile interceptors to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The pending deal, comprising $5 billion in missile defence and related sales, comes weeks after US President Joe Biden’s July trip to the region, including to Jeddah.

Mr Biden visited in hopes of reaching an oil production agreement to lower petrol prices as US inflation hits 40-year highs.

Despite approval by the State Department, notification to the US Congress of such deals does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

The procedural step of notifying Congress is often the first public acknowledgment that a deal is in the works.

Saudi Arabia has been hit with rocket attacks from the Iran-backed Houthi rebel movement in Yemen.

The Pentagon said Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for the Patriot interceptors and equipment, which could be worth as much as $3.05bn. READ MORE