WASHINGTON: The Trump administration signed off Thursday on selling more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia , giving a vote of confidence to the Saudi military as young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concludes a marathon tour of the United States, reported Voice of America.
Since Prince Mohammed arrived in the US two weeks ago, the administration has green-lighted more than $2.3 billion in arms sales to the kingdom, including more than $1 billion in missiles while the crown prince was in Washington.
The latest deal includes about 180 Paladin howitzer systems, which are artillery-firing vehicles on tracks. The vehicles look like a combination of a tank and a cannon, and they launch 155 mm shells.
The Trump administration told Congress on Thursday that it planned to approve the sale, the State Department said, triggering a 30-day window in which lawmakers could act to try to stop it. Typically, however, administrations obtain informal approval for such deals from key lawmakers before making them public.