The United States approved arms sales worth an estimated $8 Billion to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and some other countries after President Donald Trump used emergency authority to approve nearly two dozen such deals.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) put up some of the State Department approvals of the deals on its website while various US media reported that the combined value of the deals as $ 8 Billion.
The deals include the sale of mortar bombs, missiles, drones, repair and maintenance services, and precision-guided munitions.
The approval comes at a time when some US lawmakers are opposed to selling precision munitions for fear that they may be used in the war against the Houti rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and UAE are fighting on the side of ousted President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the Yemen civil war.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified members of Congress, including the Senate foreign relations committee, about Trump's decision to invoke the emergency authorization under the Arms Export Control Act citing ‘malign behaviour by Iran as its reasoning for the arms sales, UPI news agency reported.
Total arms sales by the US to Saudi Arabia, UAE and its Gulf allies have amounted to over $ 20 Billion in 2019 alone. Most of these arms have been bought by members of the Coalition against the Iran-backed Houti rebels and for restoring ‘legitimacy’ in Yemen.
Boeing has been awarded a $10 million modification contract to supply Harpoon Block II Missiles to Saudi Arabia. The contract provides for obsolescence redesign efforts in support of the production and delivery of AGM-84 Harpoon Block II Missiles for the government of Saudi Arabia, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Tuesday
Lockheed Martin has won a $946 million contract to supply Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Under this undefinitized contract action, Lockheed Martin will provide THAAD FMS KSA Phase I long lead items, obsolescence, tooling and test equipment, key personnel, line requalification activities, initial training development, System Integration Lab and testbeds, three-level maintenance concept, exportability, and early engineering development, the US Missile Defense Agency said in a statement Monday
Russia has begun the delivery of Kalashnikov AK103 assault rifles to Saudi Arabia, director general of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev said Sunday. "We have signed and are now implementing a contract on the supplies of Kalashnikov assault rifles
Rheinmetall has threatened the German government with a multi-million dollar lawsuit to compensate for their losses caused due to the Chancellor Angela Merkels cabinet decision to stop military supplies to Saudi Arabia. The cabinet approved arms embargo against Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadhs consulate in Turkey and has also asked other nations to do the same,
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