July 21, 2006

US approves $42 million missile sale to Bahrain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday said it had
approved the sale to Bahrain of 180 Javelin missiles built by a
joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. in a
deal valued at up to $42 million.

Bahrain asked to buy the missiles, 60 command launch units,
simulator and other equipment as part of an ongoing effort to
modernize its armed forces, the Defense Security Cooperation
Agency said in a mandatory notice to Congress.

Lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such
action is rare.

DSCA said the Javelin missiles would provide Bahrain's land
forces with a credible anti-armor defense, and help improve the
ability of U.S. and Bahraini forces to fight together.