FILE PHOTO: Lockheed Martin's THAAD missile mannequin is displayed throughout Japan Aerospace 2016 air present in Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photograph
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp was awarded a $2.four billion Pentagon contract on Monday for THAAD interceptor missiles, a few of that are slated to be delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Reuters had reported Lockheed was nearing the deal earlier on Monday.
In November, Saudi and U.S. officers signed letters of provide and acceptance formalizing phrases for Saudi Arabia’s buy of 44 Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection launchers, missiles and associated tools.
The Pentagon stated the Saudi authorities would pay $1.5 billion of the $2.four billion.
The November deal was inked amid considerations in regards to the function of the dominion’s management within the demise of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a outstanding Saudi critic who lived in the US and was a columnist for the Washington Put up.
Representatives for Lockheed Martin declined to remark.
Lockheed Martin, the largest U.S. arms maker, builds and integrates the THAAD system, which is designed to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Raytheon, one other U.S. agency, builds its superior radar.
As part of the scope of labor outlined by the Pentagon, out of date programs at present in place can be up to date to organize the present Saudi missile protection infrastructure for the brand new THAAD know-how.
Reporting by Mike Stone; writing by Nick Zieminski; enhancing by Invoice Berkrot, Leslie Adler and Sonya Hepinstall