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. reality666

    Stupid Saudis paying 10 times for old junk weapons, Israel gets latest weapons much cheaper than this. Looks like Saudi leaders are getting lots of money in their bank accounts.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alwagdan

    I'm from saudi arabia..
    believe me..we are not your enemy..
    Bin ladin and his 19 attackers were WANTED in saudi arabia before 9/11..they were in AFGHANISTAN with all protection from TALEBAN government..
    a lot of muslims in the world think that we are TRADERS..because our friendly relationship with USA since 80 years ago..especially after Iraq and Afghanistan occupation by USA..
    and this relationship between us became stronger after 9/11..
    I'm saudi citizen..and I see the american culture's influence in every where I go to in my country.. especially between teenagers and guys between 20 – 35..
    SA is the best friend for USA in ME..
    your government knows the best for USA..

    September 14, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • reality666

      Do you think they can be your friend ? Its oil which is their friend, If your oil vanishes today, and its Istael which is their best friend, other why would they sell most sophisticated weapons to Israel at much much lesser price. Forget friendship, they just want your money and oil.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. tom

    these forums are a means to keeping you and i from active real change. DIVERSION

    September 14, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Coach Lew

    Here we go again, another huge deal being set up by OBAMA. If it is anything like the Health Care Bill then we are once again in deep trouble. Why should we sell Jet Fighters to the Saudi's at wholesale prices? They don't give us a discount on oil. I'd say 70+ F-15's should sell for at least 5 billion each and the training of pilots should go for 1 billion per pilot. What, the Saudi's will go someplace else to make the purchase, well let them. Remember the Afghan students at Lackland AFB simply left the base and never came back, this can happen with the Saudi pilot trainees also.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. esreddy3

    Wow, what a bunch of moron. US must be the only country who would sell weapons to other countries to create 75000 jobs for its people. hahhahahaha. Where has common sense gone? I tell you, the day the saudi's turn on US, like afghanistan did, watch out. Cuz we just gave them a whole bunch of cutting edge weapons and they have the fuel to run them.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. esreddy3

    We just gave sold arms to a country, which I am sure covertly funds most muslim terrorist organisations around the world. Where else do you think these terrorists get all the money that they have?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. mickel

    Conclusion: US is very much in need of funds, Dont be surprised even they will have a imam in white house one day. and bible will be replaced by quran for oath taking. UK already started leasing churches to pubs, night clubs and some are turned to mosque. In US chinese is being taught in schools and very soon arabic too. 🙂 fall of Sodom, Gomorrah isnt it. What a world we live in..Why dont US start giving technologies that will help the earth and inhabitants survive instead of giving tools for distruction. Isnt that evilish.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Aziz

    Have we become your enemies after we had cried and were shocked in the black 9/11? Have we become your enemies after we had destroyed al-Qaeda? Have we become your enemies after we sent thousands of students to your country for studying? Have we become your enemies after we had allowed you to fight Iraq from our solid, and after the stupid Saudies had fighted the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in 1980s to serve your policies. You know, as long as you're gullible and manipulated by the radical propoganda, we can't convince you that the terrorists don't represent us or Islam at all. The problem is that you Americans are unwilling to read and edify yourselves about other cultures. You're just repeating what some lobbies want. By the way, we've been the most country targeted by al-Qaeda. To be square and fair, as we're crying for 3000 victims in 9/11, we must cry for hundreds of thousands who have been killed by your weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Just a little bit fairness people!

    September 14, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tim


    Hey editor.. where's my earlier comment??
    Oh that's right... It's because I said something about Israel... My apologies!
    I didn't mean to offend "the untouchables" and their media outlets...
    Sorry sorry sorry...

    September 14, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frank Rizzo

    Great news for all concern and why not?

    September 14, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob D

    A lot of not very informed opinion out there it seems! The Saudi's don't use the weapons that they buy – they are just expensive toys to demonstrate wealth and importance, like driving a Ferrari or a Super Yacht. Just look at the last Iraq invasion – they refused to help and wouldn't get involved, even with all their US- and UK-bought arms.
    These deals are all about 'the left hand washing the right'. The US and UK get huge deals, and we turn a blind eye to their human rights abuses, and of course we defend them if someone sneezes in their direction.
    And just one little question: How much are the Saudi's getting as 'kickbacks' out of this mega-deal?

    September 14, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Henk

    If France or China sold so many weapons to Saudi-Arabia, CNN articles would be filled with arguments about the danger of selling so many weapons, and the instability it could cause, and the insanity of it all. When it`s from the US there are no arguments. Shame on CNN for becoming the US propaganda channel.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Indigo

    The US must work harder for energy independence in the form of renewable energy. Let the middle east countries (and Venezuela) stew in their own oil. Then maybe we can have some peace.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. simple01

    Saudis are both US ally and supporter of Islamic terrorism around the world.
    However they need to be armed and be ready to take action against any threat from monstrous, bloodthirsty Islamic regime of ayatollahs in Iran.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Abs

    Dosen't matter if their goverment is an "ally" or not...this place is home to the wahabi branch of know the guys that are so crazy they make Shia'n'sunnis actully look good. Are we giving them this stuff to buffer Irans influence?!! atleast its pretty well known that the civil population in Iran is the most US-friendly in the middle east (exceept for Israel ofcourse...) can't say that about the regular folks in Saudi...thats where all the nutjobs come from...and folks over there want to overthrow their gov because of their dealings with us...

    September 14, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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