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. JMandawg

    Just remember Osama bin Laden is Saudi.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JesusNeedsABreak

    The war game is good, not for regular people, but the architects of war. Too bad americans are so slow to realize how the Gov is raping your mind, body and financials, you have a job and your intent on keeping it, you've got to pay off that mortgage ...a few more dead Arabs wont get you any discount. lmao

    September 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JesusNeedsABreak

    So the war game is good, but not for regular people, but the architects of war. Too bad americans are so slow to realize how the Gov is stealing your mind, body and financials, you have a job and your intent on keeping it, you've got to pay off that mortgage ...a few more dead Arabs wont get you any discount. lmfao all dee time!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JMandawg

    Remember Osama Bin Laden is Saudi too.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. philipe12

    I'd guess this new arms sale has all of ISRAEL cheering!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stoprunning

    Bush signed a nuke deal with Saudi Arabia.

    Not a single complaint from the Right.

    15 out of 19 fly into our buildings and you get rewarded.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Only 75,000 jobs created with $60B? That's $800,000 per job. I guess this proves that the private sector is a failure at creating jobs (~ stimulus argument).

    September 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      Your math is correct because the parts to build this equipment are free and they won't be using this contract to sustain any jobs on top of the ones that will be added. Good thing we don't have to pay the people who make the parts, pieces and tools that make the aircraft's. Government is the biggest business in the world. Also, more corrupt and further in debt.

      September 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hootz

    Pathetic! All to line someones pockets.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brenda, Wayne PA

    The Saudis are our friends ... they are just as worried about Terrorism, Fundamentalism and Anarchy. We need a strong Saudi Arabia in the face of Iran, since we took out Iran's main enemy Iraq.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JEM

    This kind of thing is one of the main reasons the US is hated in the Middle East.
    Our government supports and has always supported the worst, most oppressive and vile governments in the region. Were it not for US support, the HOUSE OF SAUD would have been overthrown decades ago to be replaced by something that would likely be better for the Saudi people.

    In Arab countries; the closer our government is to the Arab government, the more the people hate us. Think Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. When our government hates their government, the people are much friendlier to Americans.

    An American is far safer in Iran than Pakistan

    September 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. asdk

    Can anyone tell me why do the Saudis even need this much weaponry? They are no hedgemon... and please tell me its not because of the "boogieman" iran. Also, I dont buy the "carry a big stick" argument either.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. katincal

    Pathetic. There should never, ever be any arms deals taking place with a Muslim country. It's just like putting weapons into terrorists hands. Our government has gone from bad to worse. No wonder the U.S. is no longer considered a world power.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JEM

    Our government has been supporting the Saudi government for decades. Obama is doing nothing new

    This is one reason so many Arabs hate us

    September 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JEM

    Government is put here to serve itself; not you
    Government's goal is to serve its interests; not yours

    September 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tsama Smithladen

    The "Saudi war machine" is just about as frightening as a legion of house cats or catching the common cold.

    Seriously, this is probably the least alarming article I have read on this site today.

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