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The transaction covers the delivery of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 fire control and communications mobile tactical station groups and seven AN/TPY-2 radars.
USA military sales to Saudi Arabia has come under increased scrutiny as a Saudi-led coalition is involved in military intervention in Yemen.
Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova said that Moscow and Riyadh reached agreements on the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, TOS-1A "Buratino" heavy flame systems, AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.
On October 5, King Salman became the first ever Saudi monarch to visit Russian Federation.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman became the first sitting royal to visit the Kremlin last week as the two oil producers met to talk about continuing their current production pact and other investment deals.
The Kremlin said Monday that its deal to sell Saudi Arabia the advanced S-400 system is progressing despite the key US ally getting approval to buy a Lockheed Martin ( LMT ) system Friday.
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It is expected the sale will beef-up security in the nuclear-hungry Middle East.
The State Department said it would advise Congress that, in Saudi hands, the system would act to stabilize the situation in the Gulf and help defend US forces in the region and their allies, who face a growing Iranian missile capability.
The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range mobile air defense missile system.
The sale of the system, created to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of their flight, would boost Saudi and Gulf security against Iranian and other regional threats, the Trump administration claimed.
"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country", the statement read.
Ambassador Khalid bin Salman further stated, "Saudi Arabia values the long-standing and close partnership with the United States and our mutual commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the region".
The US deal is believed to be part of a $110 billion arms package promised by President Trump to the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.
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