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Senate OKs $1.15B Abrams Tank Sale to Saudi Arabia

Abrams-tankThe U.S. Senate has approved a $1.15 billion sale of 130 General Dynamics Abrams battle tanks and ground vehicle recovery systems to Saudi Arabia under a foreign military sales agreement, Reuters reported Thursday.

Patricia Zengerle writes legislators voted 71-27 against a legislation sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Chris Murphy to stop the sale of military equipment.

The State Department authorized in August the sale of battle tanks and ground vehicle recovery systems to Saudi Arabia from the U.S. government.

Saudi Arabia will take in 20 armored recovery vehicle systems and other equipment through the FMS transaction.

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