Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase an MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from the US Army.
“This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles,” major US defense contractor and industrial corporation Raytheon Company said in a press release on Tuesday.
The release said the Patriot missile system will ensure that Bahrain is well equipped to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and manned and unmanned aircraft.
On May 4, the US State Department approved a possible $6 billion worth of weapons sales to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in three separate packages.
The Manama regime was given the nod to potentially buy various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an estimated cost of $2.48 billion.
The tiny Persian Gulf kingdom was also allowed to acquire various weapons to support its F-16 Block 70/F-16V aircraft fleet for an estimated cost of $750 million.
That package included 32 AIM-9X missiles, 20 AGM-84 Block II Harpoon missiles and 100 GBU-39s which are 250-pound small diameter bombs and other munitions.
Bahrain is home to US Navy’s 5th fleet, which not only backs up the regime’s survival militarily but also serves as a key base for Washington’s interests in the region.