United States to sell $15 bln THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia

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The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars. Congress still has to approve the deal.

According to new media reports, the US State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

"We will not let anyone spread the ideology of hatred, to finance that kind of ideology or terrorism", he said. "(But) contacts to implement this contract have been very positive and have had very good preliminary results".

Turkey recently agreed to purchase the S-400 system from Russian Federation amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concerns over the deal.

The Russian system's radar is considered especially risky to USA forces because it can spot a fourth-generation fighter - like Lockheed's F-16 or Boeing's (BA) F-15 and F/A-18 - before the fighter's radar can pick up the air-defense system.

Permutations: The results Ireland need to reach play-off (Part 2)
Wales enter Monday in second place on the Group D table, with 17 points, after a 1-0 win against Georgia on Friday. A loss means Wales will finish third. "I will really have to think about it and replay the game again".

During the first visit by a Saudi king to Russia, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, underlined the rapprochement between the two countries by signing important agreements in the military and energy fields.

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Iran, whose hostile behaviour has got the USA and Saudi Arabia concerned recently, also happens to have one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East.

Its recent deployment by the USA military in South Korea to protect against any North Korean strike drew protests from Beijing, who feared its sensors would be able to penetrate into Chinese air space and upset the balance of power.

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