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UK re-approves ‘new munitions capability’ for Saudi Arabia

25 October 2017
A Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Tornado IDS aircraft is seen carrying a Thales Damocles targeting pod at the start of a joint exercise held at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 22 October. The type now has the ability to use Brimstone missiles. Source: Saudi Press Agency

The UK government has re-approved a license to deliver “a new munitions capability” to Saudi Arabia, according to documentation released by the Department of International Trade (DIT) in October.

The DIT stated that, in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, the government approved licences to export GBP836 million (USD1,107 million) in military items to Saudi Arabia. It said that “around GBP800 million” of this was related to “the delivery, over a number of years, of a new munitions capability” that was originally approved in Q3 2015, but not fully utilised.

GBP1,080 million in military exports to Saudi Arabia was approved in Q3 2015.

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