Bahrain requests fast patrol boats
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of 35m fast patrol boats to Bahrain, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 8 September.
Communication equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, training, technical and logistics support services have also been requested.
The patrol boats will enhance the abilities of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force to carry out self-defence, maritime security and counter-terrorism missions.
If the deal goes ahead, equipment will be supplied by Swiftships, BAE Systems and Flir Systems.
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