Efforts by the United States to establish a Persian Gulf missile shield piece by piece substantially differ from antimissile activities in Europe, where a more comprehensive and cohesive defense network is coming together, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States have tentatively agreed to build a regional ballistic missile defense system, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa said on Thursday.
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.
Kuwait has sealed a $156 million purchase of U.S.-built Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile defenses, joining Israel and Saudi Arabia among the Middle Eastern state to receive the system, the Jerusalem Post reported today (see GSN, Dec. 20, 2007).
The U.S. Defense secretary over the weekend outlined a proposal to export antimissile systems to the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in a bid to encourage greater missile-defense cooperation in the Persian Gulf, Defense News reported.
The Kuwaiti government has declared that the anticipated acquisition of U.S.-made Patriot missile interceptors would not lead to the Gulf state being used as a launching pad for offensive military campaigns, United Press International reported yesterday (see GSN, Aug. 12).