U.S. greenlights sale of 600 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is having a tough summer; all while Lockheed Martin [fortune-stock symbol=”LMT”] has a banner year. The latest confluence of these trends came Wednesday as the U.S. State Department approved a $5.4 billion sale of 600 Lockheed-made PAC-3 missiles to Saudi Arabia, alongside an additional half billion dollars in ammunition for various smaller weapons. The deals still have to be approved by Congress, but such deals typically are.

“The proposed sale will modernize and replenish Saudi Arabia’s current Patriot missile stockpile, which is becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and limited availability of repair parts,” the Pentagon said in it’s written notification to Congress of the pending deal. “The purchase of the PAC-3 missiles will support current and future defense missions and promote stability within the region.”

The sale of so many PAC-3 missiles—the most advanced missile for the Patriot missile launcher and built by Raytheon…

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