U.S. plans to sell Patriot missiles to Kuwait: Pentagon

08:19, August 12, 2010      

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U.S. Pentagon said on Wednesday it had notified the Congress of a plan to sell Patriot missiles to Kuwait, in an effort to help the Gulf state improve ability to counter threats posed by Iran.

"The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 209 MIM-104E PATRIOT Guidance Enhanced Missile-T (GEM-T) Missiles," said Defense Security Cooperation Agency, an agency under Pentagon, adding the sale is worth 900 million U.S. dollars.

The agency said the sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally.

The Patriot missile is a surface-to-air missile system used to intercept ballistic missiles. Kuwait, among other Arab states in the Gulf region, feels threatened by neighboring Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"Kuwait needs these missiles to meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-ground weapons. Kuwait will use the increased capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense," the agency said.

Source: Xinhua

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