US approves $3 billion advanced missile sale
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has approved a $3 billion sale of advanced medium-range missiles to Kuwait to help the small, oil-rich Gulf nation defend itself.
The State Department on Thursday notified Congress of the proposed sale, which comes amid heightened tensions in the region that many blame on Iranian proxies, including in Iraq, Kuwait’s northern neighbor.
The set includes 63 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 63 long-range surface-to-air missiles and 63 tactical missiles along with associated equipment such as radars and communications systems.
The administration said the sale would support US national security and foreign policy objectives while strengthening Kuwait’s defense capabilities.
“The proposed sale will improve Kuwait’s ability to deal with current and future threats by enhancing its ability to defend against regional malicious actors and improving interoperability with systems operated by U.S. forces and other Gulf nations. “, the department said in a statement.
He noted that in addition to protecting its own energy infrastructure, Kuwait hosts over 4,000 US military and civilian workers. The United States said the sale would not change the military balance in the region.