Growing Iran-US tensions in the last year have led to US airstrikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed proxies, and this has angered the Iraqi government
Saudi Arabia is among the top five defense spenders in the world. It is one of several US allies to use Patriot.
Erdogan told Reuters he had discussed buying Patriots in a phone call with Trump two weeks ago and would follow up when they meet at the U.N. General Assembly, which opens next week.
SMASH 2000 prevents the bullet from being fired until the target is precisely in its cross hairs.
Iran has dismissed the new US deployments, including of an aircraft carrier, as old news announced now to intimidate it through "psychological warfare."
Two unnamed foreign military delegations observed drill and will participate in panel discussions with IDF.
While offering the Patriots to Turkey, the United States has warned its NATO ally against buying a Russian missile defense system, saying it cannot be integrated into NATO air defenses.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis decided to pull four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain “in a realignment of forces and capabilities as the military steps up its focus on threats from China and Russia.”
This is the second drone downed by a Patriot missile in a week.
No hit detected after a drone retreated from the Israeli-Syrian border.