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.
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 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.
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 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).
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).