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. quimby

    Half of you act like this is the first time in U.S. history that we have sold another country weapons. Wow!
    Are any of you older than 20? Have any of you followed U.S. affairs for longer than the last year?
    Yet again my fellow countryman demonstrate with shocking clarity why most of the world thinks we are uninformed closed minded idiots.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. its me

    Well It seems almost all of u agreed tht US trains terrorists.
    Americans r not as dead ass as I thought.

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

    These comments are pretty good look at how little most people know about the Middle East. But when you have Fox News lying non stop everyday, this is what you get. Create a narrative and change the facts to fit your narrative. Every single day you watch Fox News you become a little dumber.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ringo

    Yes, let's arm them so they have good weapons to kill our service men (and women) with .
    More stupidity and greed.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. buddy

    Boys and their toys.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david

    Very entertaining comments. They are not accurate or intelligible but very funny. I think it shows the need for more spending on education.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kris4john

    I don't know how our country can deal with a absolute monarchy government that doesn't respect human rights of its citizens. How do we know that the weapons will not end up in the hands of the Taliban over in Afghanistan...and end up destroying all of the schools and progress that has been made in the name of human liberty over there?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RG

    More weapons taht will be used against us in the future.

    We crash, we burn, but seldom learn.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. logan

    Great helping to arm one of the most extremist, backwards countries on the planet. Lerts take a look back and see how well that worked out with the Taliban in the late 1970's? That came back to bite us in the ass didn't it

    September 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    Didn't we also arm Iraq and Afghanistan in the 80's? Look how well that's worked out!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. patricia

    Wow, our means a posessive: not are. Which means to exsist! Anyway. Saudia arbia trained the terrorists!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric

    People Listen..The United States never Sell Other country Wepon We can't destroy, for example We have the Stealh F-22 , which is replacing the f-15 we will not make any more f-15 for our use, (fact-1) one F-22 can take out 7 to 10 f-15,.. so why throu away the f-15 if we can build it and sell it, Saudi Arabia and US have been dealing arms along time. don't worry people the last thing the Saudi's want is to be our enemy, but they will need to secure those fighter's if not We will send just 5 F-22 to destroy all thier jet fighters, and thats maybe to many f-22 😉 and that's a fact

    September 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. forwardbias

    More terrorism mean more wars, more wars mean more arms, more arms mean more profit for the arms dealer. The caption should have read, "arms deal between the Saudi monarchists and US arms corporations" Both ME and West citizens screwed in the whole process.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. patricia

    I meant saudi arabia. I correct my mistakes.sorry.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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