The U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced, on Sept. 26, that the U.S. would deploy Patriot air/missile defense systems and support personnel to Saudi Arabia after the recent drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure.
The equipment to be deployed include one Patriot Battery, four Sentinel radars along with approximately 200 support personnel.
This deployment will augment the kingdom’s air and missile defense of critical military and civilian infrastructure an also augments an already significant presence of U.S. forces in the region.
The Secretary has also approved putting additional forces on Prepare To Deploy Orders (PTDO). While no decision has been made to deploy these additional forces, they will maintain a heightened state of readiness. These forces include two Patriot batteries and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) .