The state Department approved the sale of Saudi Arabia’s missile defense systems at $ 15 billion

The state Department has approved the delivery to Saudi Arabia missile complexes THAAD at $ 15 billion. About it reported in a press release from the office of defense cooperation and security U.S. Department of defense.

Explained that Riyadh had asked the Pentagon 44 launchers and 360 missiles THAAD Interceptor, 16 mobile tactical command and control and communications, and also seven radar AN/TPY-2 THAAD. In addition, the required amount is composed of the parts 43 of the truck to transport the launchers, generators, repair equipment, instructions and technical documentation.

In addition, for the money, military experts will train local operators to operate this equipment.

The Pentagon says that the sale to Saudi Arabia of these systems will not change the balance of power in the region. It is emphasized that the approval of the state Department is not the final step and not talking about the fact of conclusion of the transaction.

On 5 October, the media learned about the achievement of the basic agreements on delivery to Saudi Arabia Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 “Triumph”. We are talking about the purchase by Riyadh of not less than four battalions amounting to about two billion dollars. The exact parameters of the transaction, the parties should discuss at the end of October.

In September, Russia and Turkey signed a contract for the supply of s-400 “Triumph”. On September 12 the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara has already made the first payment.