Potential weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan approved by the US

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency clarified that the approvals issued include the possible sale of F-16 fighter jets and related equipment to Jordan at an estimated cost of $4.21 billion.

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DUBAI: The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the US State Department had approved potential weapons sales to countries in the Middle East.

According to news channel Al-Arabiya citing the Pentagon, these countries include Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency clarified that the approvals issued include the possible sale of F-16 fighter jets and related equipment to Jordan at an estimated cost of $4.21 billion.

Jordan’s request for 12 F-16 C Block 70 fighter jets, radios targeting pods and associated munitions components have also been approved in the recent sale.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia was given the green light to purchase 31 Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) for as much as $23.7 million. This will help upgrade the Kingdom’s missile defense systems.

The Pentagon clarified that the proposed MIDS-LVT terminals purchased by Saudi Arabia will be installed in its Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) platforms. The previously provided MIDS-LVT (BU1) terminals were reportedly installed on its PATRIOT missile defense system

The UAE was approved for a purchase worth $30 million which included spare and repair parts for its Homing All the Way Killer (HAWK) missile defense systems.

Though approvals have been granted to the Arab nations, there are still no indications that contracts were signed or negotiations were closed throughout the process. On the other hand, France will provide military support to the UAE to protect their airspace against any intrusion, the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

The French minister said that Rafale combat aircraft, which belong to France’s permanent organization based in Abu Dhabi, are engaged alongside the UAE armed forces in surveillance, detection and interception missions when necessary.

The announcement came in light of the recent Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi that killed 6. On Jan. 17. The Houthis also attempted to attack the UAE last week during Israel’s President, Isaac Herzog’s visit.

 

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