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Bahrain commits to Patriot buy

14th August 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bahrain has signed a contract for the purchase of the Patriot air and missile defence system from the US Army.

A letter of offer and acceptance will allow the US government to begin negotiations with prime contractor Raytheon for the production of an undisclosed number of Patriot systems and missiles for the kingdom.

‘Raytheon's Patriot integrated air and missile defence system will ensure the Kingdom of Bahrain is well equipped to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and manned and unmanned aircraft,’ Ralph Acaba, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, said. 

‘Patriot is continually modernised, enhanced and upgraded, through this 17-nation community, to ensure it outpaces the evolving threats for years to come.’

The 17 nations that have committed to acquiring the air defence system including Bahrain are: the US; the Netherlands; Germany; Japan; Israel; Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Taiwan; Greece; Spain; South Korea; the UAE; Qatar; Romania; Poland; and Sweden. 

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