Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's combat-proven Patriot air and missile defence system from the US Army, it has been announced.
The 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, the company said in a statement.
"Raytheon's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System will ensure the kingdom of Bahrain is well equipped to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and manned and unmanned aircraft," said Ralph Acaba, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
"Patriot is continually modernized, enhanced and upgraded, through this 17-nation community, to ensure it outpaces the evolving threats for years to come."
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE are also among the Patriot customers, the company said.
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is headquartered in Massachusetts.
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