US Patriot deployment to Saudi Arabia confirmed

25 July 2019

The US Army has deployed a Patriot air defence battery to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB) in central Saudi Arabia as it increases its military presence in the region to counter Iran.

Two launchers with what appeared to be a mix of PAC-3 and longer-range PAC-3 MSE missiles were seen in CBS News coverage of a visit by US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Kenneth McKenzie to PSAB on 21 July.

A launcher was also seen at PSAB in a video that US Air Force Central Command (USAFCENT) released via its Facebook page and subsequently removed.

CBS reported that a squadron of F-22 Raptor fighters would be deployed to the base.

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