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Saudis ask for US help as missile defense arsenal runs low

Added 12-07-21 12:18:03pm EST - “Officials say that Saudi Arabia has asked the US to sell them hundreds of interceptors for use in the kingdom's Patriot surface-to-air missile system.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Saudis ask for US help as missile defense arsenal runs low”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Saudi Arabia has appealed to the United States for urgent help with replenishing Riyadh’s missile defense weaponry, which is running dangerously low, US and Saudi officials revealed Tuesday.

The officials told the Wall Street Journal that Saudi Arabia has asked the US to sell it hundreds of interceptors for use in the kingdom’s Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

The interceptors, which are used to shoot down airborne weapons, are manufactured by Massachusetts-based Raytheon Technologies and cost about $1 million apiece.

The sale of interceptors is currently under consideration by the State Department and the US appears likely to approve the request, officials told the outlet.

“The United States is fully committed to supporting Saudi Arabia’s territorial defense, including against missiles and drones launched by Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen,” a senior Biden administration official said. “We are working closely with the Saudis and other partner countries to ensure there is no gap in coverage.”

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