OBAMA ADMIN APPROVES $1.15 BILLION SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA OF TANKS AND EQUIPMENT
Reuters is reporting that the United States State Department has approved a large sale of items to Saudi Arabia this morning. The Pentagon states that over 130 Abrams tanks, 20 armored vehicles, and other equipment are going to be shipped to Saudi Arabia — with a cool price of about $1.15 billion being billed to them. Saudi Arabia is also a hot spot for terrorism, which may lead to them eventually gaining these materials.
The Reuters report says:
The approval for land force equipment comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. The coalition’s air strikes have come under criticism from rights groups for the deaths of civilians.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale, adding it would contribute to U.S. national security by improving the security of a regional partner.
“This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization,” the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.