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. Que Sera Sera

    who knew Obama was Republican? keep fulling the war machine you hypocrite

    September 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Babak from Los Angels

    They are the real people behind 911. We protected their families and their assets. Now we will sell the more stuff to come at us .... business as usual!

    September 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DaLe

    Hey, Saudi nationals at least won't have to hijack planes no more...

    September 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    Some people in this room think they can be safe without allies and weapons sales.

    Allies keep our nation safe. All Saudis are not terrorist. I'd rather have the Royal Family get these weapons and stay in power than have a coup-de tat by jihadist. Or have Iran control all the oil in the Middle East because Saudi Arabia was a push over.

    Besides, these expensive outdated jets for regional security at a fair price, not ICBM Nukes.

    It's not worth convincing every hippie that freedom isn't free.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bradley

    "More like we get pushed into postions by probing prod's of wana be cowboys that want attention by gettin us in a possition to make us look bad. Its global thing that't been going since the revolution. Technological race to who has the millitary edge for I favor U.S. to ever lead the front while the prod's remain underneath her belly." In other words, business is business. Selling $60B worth of merchandise will benefit our economy and our country. They are going to buy weapons anyway so they might as well buy from us. Comprende?

    September 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Who needs weapons? At the end it's only junk.

    The middle-east need less weapons, not more. The main problem there in the trouble maker and racist israel with its ilegal nukes.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Great job USA. All three hijackers of 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia and instead we went to Iraq (stupidity of Bush administration). We are screaming over nucleat ambition of Iran and danger of North Korea, we are against Russia to sell weapons to Iran or China's ties to N. Korea but we are runner up of selling military weapons and air fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, who gave us 9/11 lead players, Saudi Arabia who cannot be trusted eagerly. If Ronald Reagan used to say about USSR "trust but check", we should be on the same position towards not only Saudi Arabia but the entire muslim countries as they turned to produce huge amount of Western haters and islamic fanatics than any other nation on this planet.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Abe L. D'Anger

    If this post is one thing, it is evidence of how technology wiped out the human mind and inquisitive nature of people.
    9/11 was all too possible if these literates here on the board are 'apparently' the jaded few intellectuals. Another reason, with 20:20 hindsight of why 9/11 took place is that it will serve as an educational model, using the mass media as a balckboard/whiteboard. A good Reichstagefire can do wonders generation down the road...for education.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jacob22

    God! What's with all the ignorance that i'm reading??
    FACTS:
    1- The Saudi government does NOT kill protesters, they are taken into custody and released after things calm down. A good example would be the masses taken by the riot police during al faqih's call to an uprise. They were released afterwards.

    2- The Saudi government had always been US's greatest ally in that region. Now for all those who aren't really comprehending why they would sell them arms; It's to counter Iran's threat which grows greater by the second. Not to mention the billions thrown at them.

    3- For a person such as me who had the opportunity to teach in Saudi Arabia, I can safely say that all this stuff you watch and read isn't all true. Don't let 11 hijackers who were picked by Bin Laden himself make you have such a horrible image of that country. It was his plan to begin with, obviously he picked his hijackers right, and made a huge crack between the countries' relations.

    I'm sorry if I seemed a bit offensive.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HCA

    We support this brutal regime. Give them weapons and let them do anything to their people...and then wonder why "they hate us" ?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Saudi.student

    It's really Painful to see these comments about my country where I've learned to love you America and respect what you stand for and consider you as the friendly nation who got our back in the gulf war. I would like to mention that we as saudis got our own 9/11's back in 2004 in Riyadh and it was in my neighborhood by the same group who hijacked my religion and betrayed my country and caused a lot deaths, damage and pain of innocent people and it is so painful and distressing to get profiled as the ENEMY by you and not mentioning any of the efforts that our king did and still doing internationally to stop terrorism and start interfaith dialogues.
    I hope this hatred vision about my country will change someday...

    September 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCC 86-0175

      <3

      September 14, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • DavidJ

      @Saudi.Student. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can use it. The tragety of the internet is that anyone can use it. Most of these ignorant hateful rants you see are most likely from fourteen year olds and ignorant clods. We've ALWAYS sold military hardware to our allies and whatever anyone may think of Saudi Arabia, they are our allies. We have been selling them military hardware for years. There is nothing sinister or even unusal about this. It benefits Saudi Arabia with hardware suitable to it's needs and it benefits America by keeping the assembly lines working supllying us with the parts we need for the F-15E scheduled to remain in the active inventory until 2025 or later. I wouldn't worry about commentators too much.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. DCC 86-0175

    They're only F-15's. Early 70's tech aircraft. And besides, they're FMC rate will probably be 28% since F-15's suck so bad. We have the 22, we can sell them our old crappy 15's.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. reality666

    Stupid Saudis paying 10 times for old junk weapons , looks like their leaders are getting lots of money in their swiss account.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. reality666

    Stupid Saudis paying 10 times for old junk weapons, looks like their leaders are getting lots of money in their swiss account.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. GiggleSticks

    Just make sure you sell the Saudis the construction projects and explain the operations/maintenance. That is where the real money comes to play.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
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