Military Capabilities

US approves Bahraini Patriot procurement

09 May 2019

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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