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State Department Approves Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia

State Department Approves

President Donald Trump, right, stands up a chart of military hardware sales while he fulfills Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office on the White House on March 20, 2018, in Washington.

A day after having a White House visit from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the State Department has approved a three arms sales, worth greater than $1 billion dollars. The deals include 6,000 Raytheon TOW-2 anti-tank missiles worth $670 million, $106 million in helicopter support and $300 million importance of vehicle parts.

The sale is just not yet final, and the price may change prior to it being finalized. It also must be approved by Congress.

Under President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia has bought billions in American weapons systems, such as the THAAD missile defense system, C-130 airlifters, modified littoral combat ships, CH-47 helicopters and more.

In an Oval Office photo op this week, Trump touted the deals already announced with Saudi Arabia, even providing strength to a sizable sign.

According on the notices posted, the sales include 6,600 Raytheon TOW-2B missiles, 96 validation variants, spares, training, U.S. government support, and technical manuals. They also include technical support for Saudi Arabian AH-64 Apaches, UH-60 Blackhawks, Schweizer 333s and Bell 406CSs. In addition, the State Department approved spare parts for Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradleys, Humvees, and M198 howitzers. There were no offsets classified by the notices.

Saudi Arabia has faced pressure in recent weeks, as being a Senate bill to extract the U.S. military from providing support inside the ongoing Saudi-Yemen war.

In addition, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Thursday that Saudi Arabia was “part of the solution” in Yemen after a Pentagon photo op with the crown prince.

Again, the 3 deals must always be approved by Congress, as well as the dollar amounts will likely change before becoming final.

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