The State Department’s announced deal includes the weapons sale of 280 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Saudi Arabia, worth up to $650 million.
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The weapon sale also included 596 LAU-128 Missile Rail launchers (MRL); in addition to containers, weapon support and support equipment, spare and repair parts, US government; and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the proposed deal was approved on Oct. 26 after an increase in cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia over the year.
He added that Saudi Arabia’s AIM-120C missiles had a crucial role in intercepting the drone attacks that endangered American forces. In addition, it caused a threat to more than 70,000 American citizens in the Kingdom.
The spokesman said that the sale would enable Saudi Arabia to defend itself from the Iran-backed Houthis air attacks. The US State Department has stated; that there would be no adverse impact on US defense readiness due to this proposed sale.