US to announce $110 billion Saudi arms sale as Trump visits

The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology

19 May 2017 | 19:07

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 19 May 2017 | 19:07

A giant billboard bearing portraits of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman, is seen on a main road in Riyadh, on May 19, 2017. (AFP Photo)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country, U.S. officials said Friday.

The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology. The announcement is expected Saturday. Officials providing details were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Much of the package builds on commitments made before Trump took office.

Separately on Friday, the administration informed Congress it will sell some $500 million in precision guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

The State Department said the munitions will improve Saudi targeting ability, particularly in Yemen where it has been criticized for civilian deaths in its fight against Iranian-backed rebels.

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