WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of drones to Qatar in a deal valued at $1 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The principal contractors will be Raytheon Technologies Corp (RTX.N), SRC and Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N), the Pentagon said in a statement. It added that the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Tuesday.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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