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US approves Bahraini Patriot procurement

09 May 2019
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The US Department of State has approved the sale of the Patriot air defence system to Bahrain, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 May.

It said Bahrain has requested two AN/MPQ-65 radars and two AN/MSQ-13 control stations with nine launchers, 60 PAC-3 MSE and 36 GEM-T missiles, as well as associated equipment and services.

The DSCA said the proposed deal is worth an estimated USD2.478 billion. Raytheon is responsible for making the Patriot system and GEM-T missiles, while Lockheed Martin will make the PAC-3.

Bahrain does not currently operate the Patriot system but the US Army has a battery deployed at Riffa, from where it can protect the kingdom's capital, Manama.

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