Saudi Arabia to Purchase German Arms

The German government is close to completing a 100 million-euro arms deal with Saudi Arabia to sell 30 armored vehicles, and Berlin’s national security council has already signaled its backing, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

Quoting sources it said were involved in the negotiations, the newspaper said Saudi Arabia wants to buy a total of 100 of the “Dingo” armored vehicles over the longer term.

The Saudi government has not detailed its spending on weapons in the budget that was announced earlier this week, but some estimate that 44 percent of the budget goes to the ministries of defense and interior.