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A US Army's Patriot Surface-to Air missile system is displayed during the Air Power Day at the US airbase in Osan, south of Seoul on October 12, 2008

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Saudi Arabia will receive from the United States Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence systems to protect itself and the region “from missile or other airborne attacks,” according to US Department of State.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Washington and Riyadh reached an agreement, in line with which the United States will supply Saudi Arabia with Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence systems to improve security capabilities of US main ally in the region, US Department of State said Saturday.

According to the statement, Saudi Arabia will receive Patriot and THAAD systems to protect itself and the region “from missile or other airborne attacks.”

In this Monday, April 20, 2015, file photo, Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia.
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THAAD system is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage, while Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, air defence system capable of countering tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.The agreement stipulating the various arms supplies to Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion was reached during the official visit of US President Donald Trump, who arrived in Riyadh on Saturday, making Saudi Arabia the first country he visited as the President of the United States.

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