September 13th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Report: U.S., Saudis close to largest arms deal ever

Boeing F-15 fighter jets like these would be a large part of the reported arms deal.

The United States may be on the verge of its largest arms sale ever, a package of aircraft and weapons systems for Saudi Arabia that could total $60 billion when the final bill is done, according to a report in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.

If completed, the deal could also generate more than 75,000 jobs, the Journal reported.

The Obama administration is expected to notify Congress of the planned sale this week, according to the Journal report. Production would take place over five to 10 years, the Journal said.

Key components of the sale would be Boeing F-15 fighter jets – as many as 84 new ones and the refurbishment of 70 others – and helicopters including 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and three dozen Little Birds.

Discussions are also under way over naval and missile defense systems for the Saudis, the Journal reported.

Meanwhile, Boeing is a contender in another F-15 sale, this time to South Korea.

The Korea Times reported Monday that the Pentagon has approved a Boeing request to market a stealth version of the F-15, dubbed the Silent Eagle, to Seoul.

The Times points out, however, that Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Lightning and the Eurofighter Typhoon may be stronger contenders to win a South Korean order for 60 fighter jets.

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  1. Blackrock

    Why not just hand it over directly to the terrorists?

    September 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John B

    Just what is needed over there....more weapons!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G

    Ummmmmm the Saudies already have like 150 F-15s and have had them since the 80s...........nothing new.......

    September 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Historically Speaking....

    When Bush did arms deals with Saudis, the Left cried foul and the Right cheered, now we get to watch the Right call foul and the Left cheer. I love politics. Ha.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

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    September 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kh

    How insane is this? Just what the whole world needs more arms deals. 🙁

    September 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    We should protest how we were protesting against ground zero mosque...

    September 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oldguy40

    Sell bombs, fighters, missiles, etc. to foreign countries, yet I'm not allowed to buy and posess an assault rifle? Sick!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tanro

    For those of you that are not familiar with U.S. international arms sales, the government is allowing the Saudies to get these jets because they are old technology. The jets the U.S. has right now such as the rapter, f-15, JSF are way more capable than the f-15. That's why they are allowing the sales. If they were to attack us with the planes, they would be at a major disadvantage because we have the latest and greater fighters.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 101liberty

    Not a wise move, but then again either was putting Obama into office.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    Why are we selling our Amrs to a terrorist nation?

    September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    We should protest how we were protesting against ground zero mosque and announce to the Americans that most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia...

    September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Hellooooo coldwar part 2. History does not teach our Governing officials ANYTHING. We sold Iraq weapons, look what happened. We sold Iran weapons, look what happened. We sold Afghanistan weapons, look what happened!!! HELLO!!!! WAKE UP!!!! History repeats its self.

    In addition, how many of the 911 Hijackers were Saudi nationals again?

    September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Wake up fellow Americans and launch a nation wide protest against the arms sale to a terrorist nation. Where are tea members.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    Wake up fellow Americans and launch a nation wide protest against the arms sale to a terrorist nation. Where are tea members. Where is SARAH PALIN CONDEMNING THIS DEAL...

    September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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