The Biden administration has approved massive arms sales to its three Middle East allies – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE that include F-16 fighter jets and other up-to-date military weaponry and missile defense systems.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said that the US State Department agreed on the deal with the approval of a possible sale of F-16 fighter jets and related equipment to Jordan at a cost of $4.21 billion.
Jordan had earlier requested 12 F-16 C Block 70 fighter jets, radios, targeting pods, and associated munitions components, including guided-missile tail kits.
According to the Pentagon statement, the State Department also approved Saudi Arabia’s request for 31 Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) at a cost of $23.7 million to upgrade its missile defense systems.
The Pentagon said MIDS-LVT terminals will be installed on Saudi Arabia’s Terminal High Altitude Air Defense platforms, while the previously provided MIDS-LVT (BU1) terminals were installed on its PATRIOT missile defense system.
The UAE will get Homing All the Way Killer missile defense systems, the Pentagon said, adding the State Department approved Abu Dhabi’s request to buy $30 million worth to strengthen its defense systems.
The Pentagon said it has notified the Congress of the possible sale and despite approval by the State Department, the notifications do not indicate contracts have been signed or negotiations have concluded.
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