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. mike

    Where are tea members. Where is SARAH PALIN CONDEMNING THIS DEAL...Come on condemn this deal and launch a nation wide campaign against this sale...

    September 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Holly

    The best part about selling them our own weapons is that we know exactly what their weaknesses are and how to defeat them.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. curious steve

    obama is qualified for another nobel peace prize.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thegoodone

    60 Billion books? Library's? Schools? ohhhh – you said guns and weapons..... Thats cool – my grandkids say thanks... Keep up the great work....

    September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reggie

    That's a huge amount of money, and typical of a country that imports ready-made products as complete turn-key packages, because of absent domestic manufacturing and training facilities. It also indicates Saudis have poor bargaining skills. I guess desert college just doesn't impart those skills, hence a complete dependence on outsourcing of defence and an absence of a negotiation leverage. Great going!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lance corporal

    we are selling arms to the very people who attacked us on 9/11???? to a theocratic kingdom??? to a place where the overwhelming majority of it's citizens would love to destroy us???? is bush/cheny still in power or some elements left over from them???? this is how we support peace in the middle east???? WhatTF???????

    September 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. curious steve

    arming both sides of the wars, current or potential, is the sure way that the global corporatist overlords are guaranteed billions after billions perpetually.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lance corporal

    we are selling arms to the very people who attacked us on 9/11???? to a theocratic kingdom??? to a place where the overwhelming majority of it's citizens would love to destroy us???? is bush/cheny still in power or some elements left over from them???? this is how we support peace in the middle east???? corporate control of government at it's worst!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. curious steve

    alex, you are no asset to your tribe. you are the worst liability to your own people.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Selling weapons to Islamic regimes is absolutely stupid. It was stupid when Bush did it. It is stupid now that Obama does it. We saw what they did with hijacked commercial aircraft, what do you think they will do with real weapons of war? Drop flowers on our troops?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. curious steve

    let the islamophobes fight the military industrial complex and the global private espionage network.

    kick back and enjoy the show.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alan

    Pat, I posted facts and you replied with left wing rumors that have no basis in truth.

    We are a big arms dealer, but that's not the point of discussion. We DID NOT sell anything of significance to Saddam., including the chemical weapons he used against the Kurds. Those came from a Dutch arms dealer named Frans van Anraat.

    Once again, I challange you, Robert, and the others posting the lie to NAME ONE SINGLE PLATFORM OR WEAPONS SYSTEM supplied by the US to Iraq under Saddam.

    You can't do it because it didn't happen.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sam

    what is wrong the united states, they are profiting from blood. they are largest exporter of arms in the world. how many men, women and children do you thing have been killed with american technology. fair enough the saudis are a very close ally of the united states, but thats no excuse to sell weapons.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daryl

    We're such a pathetic country

    September 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. curious steve

    obama is just a puppet for the global fascist corporatists.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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