The Defense Department has informed Congress of $13 billion in total foreign military sale agreements with the Middle East, Defense News reported Monday.
Barbara Opall-Rome writes the prospective deals aim to bolster US-friendly regimes against the Iranian nuclear threat and sectarian insurgencies that threaten regional stability.
Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency holds $6.4 billion in transactions with Saudi Arabia, $4.7 billion in Iraq, $1.1 billion in Qatar, $588 million in Libya and a $200 million fleet support sale to Kuwait, according to the report.
The deal with Saudi Arabia includes a $4 billion National Guard modernization program and the country intends to acquire Mark V patrol boats, follow-on support for the Royal Saudi Air Force, Defense News reports.
Iraq wants to procure integrated air defense system for $2.4 billion, warfare Stryker vehicles worth $900 million, 40 Avenger fire units, 681 Stinger missiles, Hawk XXI batteries and radars, communications gear and command-and-control systems, the report says.
Opall-Rome writes the DSCA also informed Congress of an early warning radar sale to Qatar, C-130J airlifters package to Libya and F/A-18 fighters support services for Kuwait.
Under US law, proposed sales can be overturned only through a two-thirds vote in Congress.