Washington plans to sell more Patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) missiles to Kuwait. A Patriot missile launcher is shown above.
The United States plans to sell 60 more Patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) missiles to Kuwait, one of the major buyers of US armaments in the Persian Gulf region.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that the Patriot sales deal was worth an estimated $4.2 billion.
On July 20, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement it had notified the US Congress of the intended sale.
The DSCA, which is in charge of US weapon sales to foreign countries, said the deal includes the sale of 60 Patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) missiles, 20 launching stations, four radar systems and control stations, personnel training and training equipment, and spare parts.
“Kuwait will use the PAC-3 missiles and equipment to improve its missile defense capability, strengthen its homeland defense, and deter regional threats,” the agency said.
The US Congress could raise possible objections to the deal within 30 days.
This is not the first time Kuwait is buying US Patriot missiles. The Arab country bought 210 of the earlier-generation Patriots and 25 launchers in 1992. Kuwait also bought 140 more missiles in 2007, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Kuwait is one of the six Arab states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, which are all major buyers of US armaments.