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    24 Jan 2017

    Trump State Department approves $1.8 billion in weapons sales to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. State Department announced on Monday that it had approved the possible sale of a total of $1.8 billion in missiles, aircraft and aircraft support to four foreign countries.
    The equipment and support were announced in five separate deals to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and Kenya. The announcement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency merely notifies Congress that U.S. approves the possible sale, not the sale itself.
    The possible sales mark the first under President Trump, although the specifics of the deals were almost certainly worked out under the previous administration.
    Kuwait, which accounts for two of the five deals, would receive "sustainment and contractor logistics support" for AH-64D Apache helicopters valued at $400 million. It would also receive 60 advanced, medium-range, air-to-air missiles valued at $110 million. Raytheon would be the principal contractor. 
    Saudi Arabia is in line to purchase 10 persistent threat detection system aerostats, which are tethered air ships. The deal is valued at $525 million and the prime contractor has not been announced.
    The State Department also approved the sale of up to 12 Air Tractor aircraft, two Air Tractor trainer aircraft and weapons packages worth $418 million. The prime contractor is L-3 Communications.

    Finally, the U.K. would receive logistics support services and equipment for eight C-17 cargo aircraft. Boeing is the prime contractor for the $400 million deal.
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