The U.S. Department of State cleared a possible foreign military sale of 96 Raytheon-made Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the Netherlands in a deal estimated to be worth $1.2 billion.
The Netherlands requested to buy the Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles, which the State Department said support its goal of improving its defenses and increase its interoperability with the U.S. and fellow NATO forces.
“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats,” the announcement reads.
When Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren visited the Pentagon on July 13, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin thanked her for the Netherlands’ provision of lethal equipment, like artillery and coastal defense, to Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion.
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