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USA approves $15 billion worth THAAD missiles sale to Saudi Arabia

11 October 2017

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.

Soon after the arms deals with Moscow were announced, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved the possible sale of a THAAD antimissile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

"In this particular case we can speak only for ourselves".

The Russian system's radar is considered especially unsafe to US forces because it can spot a fourth-generation fighter - like Lockheed's F-16 or Boeing 's ( BA ) F-15 and F/A-18 - before the fighter's radar can pick up the air-defense system.

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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.

"An agreement has been reached with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 air defense systems", spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

"Many important issues were considered during the meeting between King Salman bin Abdulaziz and [Russian] President Vladimir Putin".

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range mobile air defense missile system.

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"This sale furthers USA 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", the State Department said in a statement.

"This sale furthers US 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", the statement said.

This sale is likely to further United States national security and foreign policy interests and support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

The US has already deployed THAAD to South Korea in defence of North Korea's short-range missiles, which has angered China for interfering.

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USA approves $15 billion worth THAAD missiles sale to Saudi Arabia