This April 23, 2014 US Navy photo shows the littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2)(L), and USS Coronado (LCS 4) underway in the Pacific Ocean. (AFP PHOTO/ HANDOUT/ US NAVY/ MCC KEITH DEVINNEY)
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The U.S. has reached a $6 billion deal for Saudi Arabia to buy four Littoral Combat Ships made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a package of major arms purchases as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom, people familiar with the transaction said.From 2009 to 2016, the Obama administration approved $115 billion in potential sales to the Saudis.A formal agreement is expected for Lockheed to sell more Pac-3 Patriot hit-to-kill missiles, which already have been approved by Congress.In addition, announcements are expected on intentions to proceed with a number of deals. Until recently, the Saudis were prepared to sign a letter of agreement for two vessels, but that's been increased to four, said a U.S. official.
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