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Kuwait to Buy 60 Patriot Interceptors from U.S.

The U.S. Defense Department intends to provide Kuwait with five dozen Patriot Advanced Capability 3 air-defense missiles in a transaction with a projected $4.2 billion price tag, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday (see GSN, Jan. 12).

The agreement would also provide the Middle Eastern nation with 20 firing units, four sets of detection and command equipment, backup components, preparation for operators and gear for the education activities, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in provided comments.

"Kuwait will use the PAC-3 missiles and equipment to improve its missile defense capability, strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats," the Defense Department office stated.

Lawmakers have 30 days from July 20 to challenge the planned transaction. Kuwait made previous Patriot orders in 1992 and 2007.

The deal comes amid continuing concerns regarding Iran's ballistic missile development efforts (Agence France-Presse/Google News, July 25).

Meanwhile, U.S. defense contractor Raytheon has received a $925 million deal for preparation of the Standard Missile 3 Block 2A interceptor (see GSN, Sept. 19, 2011). The first weapons from the U.S.-Japanese collaborative project are scheduled for fielding in 2018. The system is to be used as part of the Obama administration's developing Europe-based missile shield.

"The SM-3 2A's larger rocket motors will allow for a greater defended area, which is an important factor when it comes to protecting both the U.S. and our NATO allies," Wes Kremer, Air and Missile Defense Systems vice president at Raytheon Missile Systems, said in a statement (Raytheon release, July 25).

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