Planet Labs Inc.  The officers said the deployment focused on defense capabilities, with Patriot missile-defense batteries and fighter jets to defend US local forces. However, they acknowledged that the aircraft could also be used offensively.
The US announced this increase in the region's armed forces in June, but did not say where the troops and equipment would be.
The Pentagon declined to comment on its deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base. "The US Central Command continues to strive to control our forces in the region and will continue to do so in collaboration with our partners and allies in the region," said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown on Thursday.
The US Military During the Gulf War in 1991, troops and equipment were sent to Saudi Arabia and US-based aircraft later deployed to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq. The US military relocated most of the flight and service members in Saudi Arabia. Arabia to the Prince Sultan Air Base, where they remained until the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. In April 2003, then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Saudi Defense Minister decided to do so. Withdraw all US troops from the base and hand them over to the Saudi government.
While the Prince Sultan Air Base is an active facility, parts of the base need upgrading to accommodate the US military, including the reinforcement and extension of roads and runways, a US official said. The base housing also needs updating, the official said, and the US will build a medical facility. Many of the US soldiers stationed there in recent weeks are engineers preparing the basis for the new mission.
This new station provides the US military with another location in the region to counter a potential threat from Iran. The US official said the base provides the US with "strategic distance" and "depth of defense" vis-à-vis Iran, which means the ability to counter Iran remotely without being within range of Iranian missiles.
The officials described this mission as an expedition The new presence will remain as long as tensions with Iran are still high.
The officials said Saudi Arabia had already agreed to pay part of the cost of US personnel and equipment.