By: Steve Dellar | 10-07-2017 | News
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US Sells $15B Missiles To Saudi Arabia

In May of this year, President Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, visited Saudi Arabia where he delivered a speech to Gulf State leaders urging them to stop possible funding terrorist organizations on their respective territories and announced to the US press that Saudi Arabia had agreed to a 100 billion arms deal over the next years.

Though mainstream media in their criticism of the current White House administration mostly said the deal would never happen, we can announce today that the first part has now been finalized and Saudi Arabia had bought a 15 billion $ THAAD missile system from the USA (44 individual THAAD launchers and 360 missiles).

The US sale dwarfs the yesterday agreed on the sale of Russian S-400 missiles to the Saudis which we informed you of during King Salman’s visit to President Putin. That story here:

The THAAD missile launch system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) was welcomed by Saudi Arabia and according to the official statement from the Saudi Kingdom, would strengthen "U.S. national security and foreign policy interests and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats."

This latest multi-billion-dollar deal will help safeguard US jobs at defense companies whilst making it very clear to the US regional partners in the Gulf that President is completely on the same line as King Salman when he considers Iran as the number one enemy of peace in the region.

The US had already sold a THAAD system to South Korea, greatly angering China in the process who said it would harm the regional arms balance in Asia.

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Co is the prime contractor for the THAAD system sold to the Saudis, whilst defense contractor Raytheon Co will provide most of the adjoining parts.

The sale will go ahead unless the US Congress objects within 30 days.


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