Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot air and missile defense system from the US Army, Raytheon announced Tuesday.
The US government will now begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles, the company said.
Bahrain is the 17th customer of the Patriot worldwide, including the United States.
The kingdom is not disclosing the quantity of systems and missiles that might be on order. However, earlier this year, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency has reported that the US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion.
The Government of Bahrain has requested to buy sixty Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles with canisters, 9 M903 Launching Stations (LS), 5 Antenna Mast Groups (AMG), 3 Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III, 2 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets (RS), and 2 AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations (ECS).
[Sources: The Defense Post, Defense News, Defence Blog]