Pentagon says possible deal improves security in the Gulf ‘in the face of Iranian and other regional threats’

The US state department has approved the possible sale of a anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15bn, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats.

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.

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