Oman, U.S. Close in on $2.1B Antimissile Deal

The United States appears ready to supply Oman with $2.1 billion in air-defense technology U.S. government personnel said would complement similar gear sold to regional partners including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, United Press International reported on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Oman on Tuesday, and defense contractor Raytheon was expected to formalize plans to sell the unidentified defensive apparatus to the country prior to the top diplomat's departure. Finalizing the sale and deploying the equipment is expected to take years, according to UPI.

The United States has been pushing to field weapons against airborne threats in partnered Persian Gulf nations as protection against potential Iranian missile strikes, the news agency reported.

May 22, 2013
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The United States appears ready to supply Oman with $2.1 billion in air-defense technology U.S. government personnel said would complement similar gear sold to regional partners including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, United Press International reported on Tuesday.

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