Gulf States Respond to Iran With Huge Purchases of US Arms
A successful test of Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, June 29, 2010. Last month, U.S. officials announced a $3.5 billion deal to sell the THAAD system to the United Arab Emirates. (PRNewsFoto/Lockheed Martin)
January 12, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
The Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC) are anxiously watching events that are setting Iran on a course of growing confrontation with the West, a course that could threaten their security and the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf. They've responded by strengthening their ties to the United States and signing billion-dollar weapons contracts with U.S. defense firms, including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and General Electric.

The six GCC states – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait – long have viewed Iran’s regional policies with alarm. Most believe that Iran seeks to become a regional hegemon and that its nuclear and missile programs are a means to that end. All of these states have become increasingly alarmed over the last year at advances to these programs as well as by Iran’s support of terrorism, Tehran’s newly discovered ties to al Qaeda, and a recent Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. 

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