The Obama administration told Congress it planned to sell Kuwait the latest production version of Raytheon's Patriot interceptor missile amid concerns over Iran's growing missile capabilities.Kuwait seeks as many as 209 MIM-104E Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-T (GEM-T) interceptors valued at up to $900 million, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice to lawmakers.
"Kuwait needs these missiles to meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-ground weapons," the notice said. It said Kuwait would use the increased capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.
The GEM-T is designed to counter a range of enemy missile and air threats, including tactical ballistic missiles that could be tipped with chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons.
The United States also has expanded land and sea based missile defense systems in and around Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, US officials have said. In addition, it has been helping build a layered shield for Israel.
The notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded. Congress has 30 days to review the proposed sale to Kuwait.