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. doitup

    Why not sell them weapons? There not our enemies or terrorist( gov't wise) (that's fox news propaganda )Yea they oppress there women but its there culture if the women in there culture don't agree they should have movements like the women in this country did. Yea it might be harder then it was here but its none of our business we can't dictate our values to the rest of the world not all people are alike. As you can see from the above comments we also have plenty of ignorant retards in our country. I just came from over seas they love our pop culture but if you ask anyone why they dislike the us 9 out of 10 people will say its because from outside the US it looks and probably is because we try to push our way of life on others. I love our way of life but not all do. Its there choice. The best thing we can try and show these countries is how the separation of church and state keeps a lot of the problems they have out of our country

    September 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NY407

    I'm so proud of my Kingdom, it's really good story to mention my old brother told me when he was in college long time ago, he told me there was a Prof, my brother used to be one of his students in couple of classes and my brother likes him cuz that Prof was genius and helped my brother lots by giving him the materials and tools to be successful, my brother promised him to show him what he's not going to expect from him in the future. 25 years later, after lots of successes, experiences, and continuing studying my bro has done in his life he became a Prof in medical field. Coincidentally my bro' old Prof found my bro in somewhere in the us, they were so happy to see each other after this long time they talked and had fun. My bro started to help his old Prof out doing researches and sharing some information in their field and he reminded my bro telling him u just showed me wat u promised me , so everything gets changed in this life but wat's the most important thing is we love each other, right folks?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LOL

    Make work project. Send them in so they have someone to play with – read 'war games'
    Hypocritical approach to peace. Preach about arms, nuclear and anti agression pacts, corruption and dictatorships etc then provide the world with billions worth of life ending machinery to kill each other with.
    How about melting it all down into structural steel to help build instead of helping to destroy.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hasib

    This is how American military-industrial complexes are surviving. This is completely unethical in every way imaginable:
    First, Saudi Arabia is a oppressive society run by dicators – it does not value democracy or human rights.
    Second, This will increase the arms race in the region.
    Do not sell these weapons to Saudi Arabia.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 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 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jsledge

    Cool, just more military hardware for Israel to destroy next time Arab nations attack.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chas

    Let's see,......14 of the 17 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Five were ex-military from Saudi Arabia,........

    I to think we should sell Saudi Arabia 60 Billion dollars worth of arms in the name of profit.

    Wake up America!!!!!!!!!! These are the folks that attacked us!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get a Clue!

      It was 15 out of 19 for one thing. We're selling them our junk, not our best equipment. If we don't sell to them, the Chinese, Russians, or Euros will. I'd rather see us take the $60 billion for old hardware and build some new weapons, then have them buy weapons from the other countries out there. At least selling to them will strengthen our relationship.

      September 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Remind me again who the Saudis have to fight against... besides, of course, their own people because the Saudi royal family keeps most of the nation's wealth for itself and subjects its... subjects.. to a harsh set of islamic laws and is, of course, a monarchy.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    some people are so idiot what the hell in the world americans
    doing

    September 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    80% of Americans are against building a Mosque at ground zero but have no problem selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 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 just do ur research people..

    September 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shipdog7

    Fifteen of the hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.
    We reward them with a 60 billion contract. Nice!
    Maybe nobody would notice huh?

    September 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Get a Clue!

    I get more entertainment out of reading these blogs then watching Comedy Central. People here need to get an education before spouting off their clueless rants.
    1. Saudi Arabia is a valuable ally on a number of different fronts. Oil, center for U.S. operations, and yes, even the war on terrorism.
    2. The hardware we're selling them is 20+ yrs old for the most part. Hello, Tom Cruise was flying around in an F-15 in Top Gun back in the 80s. Do you really think this old hardware with their crappy pilots/soldiers could hang with our forces. Hahaha, no way!
    3. If we don't sell to them, the damn Russians, Chinese, or Euros will. So why not sell them our junk which will help keep them in our pocket and help our economy at the same time?!?

    I could go on, but why bother.......

    September 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DavidJ

      I agree with most of your points and would like to add that the US plans to field the F-15E model will into the 2020s. This means we must maintain a supply of spare parts. The most cost effective way to do this is to keep the assembly lines going making new planes. It keeps costs down.

      Other than that, Tom Cruise piloted an F-14 Tomcat, a now retired airframe. Sorry for nit-picking.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAF2003

      Actually, Maverick was flying the F-14. But your point is well made.

      September 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peace TV

    Yes, we need money that badly as well as 75,000 jobs.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shipdog7

    Fifteen of the hijackers on 9/11were from Saudi Arabia

    And we reward them with a 60 billion dollar contract?

    September 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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