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US confirms $1.5bn tank, weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

12 Aug 2016
The United States has approved the sale of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns, along with other military gear for the total worth of $1.15 billion. 

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner which has been and continues to be a leading contributor of political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” said the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in a statement.

The deal will also include 153.50-caliber machine guns, 266 7.26mm M240 machine guns, smoke grenade launchers, armored recovery vehicles and a range of other hardware.