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Saudi Arabia to Ink New Arms Deals with US, Russia

10 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova said that Moscow and Riyadh reached agreements on the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, TOS-1A "Buratino" heavy flame systems, AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.

Saudi Arabia has also agreed to buy the U.S.'s THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile system, according to the RT news website on Saturday.

The main US contractors who will profit from the sale are aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's space systems division and defense contractor Raytheon.

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

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defence architecture".

Saudi academic and political analyst Dr. Khalil bin Abdullah al-Khalil told Asharq Al-Awsat described as "historic" Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz's visit to Russian Federation due to the outcomes it achieved in regards to regional and worldwide policy.

The US sale has not yet "concluded", it confirmed.

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

Iran has one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East.

Last week, Australia said it will outfit its new naval warships with Lockheed's Aegis air-defense system, which is also used by the US and Japan and would help the three navies coordinate on missile-defense missions.

"Lots of militants from both Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are fighting for the Islamic State [terrorist group, outlawed in Russia]", the Saudi top diplomat said.

The sale is part of a $110 billion defense deal with the kingdom announced back in May, which faced bipartisan backlash.

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