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The State Department said the USA government approved the sale of its advanced Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system to Saudi Arabia in a $15 billion deal that officials claim furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

The sale, supplied by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon - also includes 43 trucks, generators, electrical power units, communications equipment, tools, test and maintenance equipment and "personnel training and training equipment".

THAAD is a kind of missile meant for being deployed against ballistic missiles.

The Kremlin said on Monday that talks with Saudi Arabia over Moscow supplying Riyadh with advanced S-400 air defense missile systems had gone well so far despite talk of a possible U.S. -Saudi arms deal.

President Vladimir Putin, who first invited the king to Moscow more than two years ago, hailed the visit as a "landmark event". US Congress has 30 days to object.

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The S-400 is a very capable missile-defense system, somewhat comparable to the US's MIM-104 Patriot, according to CSIS.

DSCA noted that adopting THAAD weapons will help increase Saudi Arabia's capacity to defend against potential ballistic missiles and other regional threats.

The State Department said it would advise Congress that, in Saudi hands, the system would act to stabilize the situation in the Gulf and help defend US forces in the region and their allies, who face a growing Iranian missile capability.

The Saudis in addition have also agreed to buy the US Thaad missile Defence systems at a cost of $15 billion.

Both Washington and Saudi Arabia accuse Tehran of aggressive and disruptive behavior in the region.

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