September 8, 2017 / 8:30 PM / a year ago

U.S. State Dept approves $3.8 bln in arms sales to Bahrain-U.S. official

WASHINGTON Sept 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a package of potential arms sales worth more than $3.8 billion for Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats, a U.S. Official said on Friday.

The proposed sales includes 19 F-16V jets made by Lockheed Martin Corp which could have a value of up to $2.7 billion, according to the official. In addition, the State Department approved the sale of two 35 meter patrol boats, 221 anti-tank missiles and $1.8 billion worth of upgrades to Bahrain’s existing fleet of F-16 jets.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity. (Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington; editing by Diane Craft)

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