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US approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

THAAD missile systems are deployed to defend against ballistic missile attacks

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US may approve $15bn sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the US. Photo: Reuters

The US State Department has approved on Friday a possible $15 billion sale of (THAAD) systems to Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.

The country has requested to purchase 44 THAAD launchers, 360 missiles, 16 fire control station and 7 radars, Xinhua quoted the said the statement as saying.

The sale was part of the $110 billion package of defence equipment and services initially announced during US President Donald Trump's May trip to Saudi Arabia, said an official from the US State Department on condition of anonymity.

"This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia's capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region," said the statement from the Pentagon.

Congress has been notified about the possible sale and has 30 days to review the deal.

THAAD missile systems are deployed to defend against ballistic missile attacks.

First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 11:31 IST
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