U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks during a military exercise in Europe in 2015. US Army
Defense One: Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by US Tank Deal
The U.S. State Department says Riyadh can buy 153 Abrams tanks, 20 of which will replace ones destroyed in combat.
The U.S. State Department and Pentagon Tuesday OKed a $1.2 billion sale of 153 Abrams tanks to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. But that’s not the real news.
Turns out: 20 of those tanks, made in America by General Dynamics Land Systems, are “battle damage replacements” for Saudi tanks lost in combat.
Even though the formal announcement of the sales does not say where the tanks were fighting, the Saudi military is believed to have lost some of its 400-plus Abrams tanks in Yemen, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Houthi separatists.
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WNU Editor: No casualty numbers have been revealed by Saudi Arabia, but their military losses must be high .... very high.