Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States to sell missile defense system to Saudi Arabia

United States to sell missile defense system to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia also ordered THAAD battery maintenance equipment, 43 prime mover trucks, electrical power units, communications equipment, generators, test and maintenance supplies, spares and fix parts.

"Our approach to this problem has been very strict: we have dismissed several thousand of imams from mosques for extremism, we modernize our educational system in order to rule out the possibility of misinterpretation of texts", al-Jubeir said.

A terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor.

Mr Putin hailed the visit from the king - the first sitting Saudi monarch to visit Russian Federation - as a "landmark event".

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It is expected the sale will beef-up security in the nuclear-hungry Middle East.

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

The US State Department has approved an estimated $15bn possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia.

The U.S.is also focused on increasing missile defense at home and for allies as tensions heat up in the Pacific and the Middle East, as well as with Russian Federation.

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The US deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles, which has drawn criticism from China saying that the system's powerful radar can probe deep into its territory.

Lower compliance with the curbs promised by some nations combined with rising production in OPEC members Libya and Nigeria - both exempt from reducing output due to their internal strife - have added pressure on Saudi Arabia to make deeper cuts of its own.

The US deal is believed to be part of a $110 billion arms package promised by President Trump to the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

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