The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of some 130 Abrams main battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Total sales amounted $1.15 billion.
This comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is leading a military operation in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Houthi forces aligned with former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saudi Arabia already operates over 400 US M1A2S, and some 450 M60A3 tanks. Recently, there have been heavy tank losses to Houthi anti-tank missiles in Yemen.