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. d

    Sell them onle make sure there is a secret destruct system we can use if the weapons are ever used against us.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DavidJ

    I see what they're doing. This way, Boeing can keep the factories running both to turn out new planes and to keep the US Air Force supplied with parts since they are nowhere near close to retiring the F-15. Without this sale, I don't see how Boeing can justify keeping a factory running just to keep them supplied. It wouldn't be cost effective. Buisiness as usual as far as I can see.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David D

    I hope they don't take back obama's nobel peace prize.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      I'm still trying to figure out why that idiot got one anyway. I have yet to hear why he got it.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynne

      Yes, Obama is a disappointment on this one. I can only assume there is some enormous, behind the scenes pressure to agree to this arms deal. Doesn't seem like his normal, well-thought out, global "reach out to the world" approach at all.....I hate to be cynical, but isn't election time approaching?

      September 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dean

    The majority of the 9/11 murderers were Saudi. Why do we blame Islam for the attack b/c they were Muslims but not the Saudis. That's American logic.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Does anyone in Washington remember that we once armed Iran and Iraq? One of these days the crazies are going to blow away the corrupt and decadent Saudi royal family and take over Saudi Arabia. Then they will have all our weapons to use against Israel and us.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Coucomonga

    Interesting! The technology on these thing are like 30 years old. The Saudis rearly used them and only against their own. Looks like somebody at Boeing emptied an old waste basket to tune os 60 Big one. We need the jobs anyway. These things would be the models way below what the israelis would get probably and few few niches above the Pakistanis. If the Saudis spent half this amount to educate (secular) their own we would al be better fot it in terms of terroism. For the president this is win win for us in the US. Don't worry there is probably a red button somewhere to make them disappear if it should be a threat to the isrealis or us

    September 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tariq

    CNN ought to cover the situation in Kashmir. Kashmiris fighting for independence against Indian oppression. Note how barbaric Indian forces are acting in Kashmir.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sachin

      Tariq. and what's it to you? It's a matter of internal affairs. You just concentrate on dealing with all the terrorists that your country exports to the world. They cause far more barbaric acts than the Indian "oppressors"

      September 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riel23

      Before the British colonized India, even during the colonization of India. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kashmir all used to belong to India. The problem was the arrival of Islam, the root of most of the world's major troubles.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    So that is how Obama is going to create jobs? By selling arms to a country that grows terrorists?
    While I'm not on the bandwagon of those who claim he is a Muslim (Muslims don't kill innocent unborn babies) he sure is giving them tons of reasons to think he is.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynne

      Muslims don't kill innocent, unborn babies? What if a woman that is stoned to death for supposed adultery is in the very early stages of pregnancy?

      September 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      Is there a topic that doesn't remind someone of abortions. It's an arms deal, leave dead babies/fertilized eggs out of it.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ahtesham

    Saudis – enemy? Man – read up and stop being so ignorant .. history ...these are our allies....We Americans need more schooling

    September 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. onooneuknow

    Isn't bin laden a saudi?

    September 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      yes and Jeffery Dahmer, the Uni-Bomber, the DC snipers, Tim McVeigh, the KKK, etc, etc are American... your statement has no point, and no value in an intellectual conversation. Where someone comes from does not mean that everyone from there is like them. We don't hold all white, christian males accountable for the acts of the KKK or Eric Rudolph, why would we assume all Saudis are like Bin Laden?? If Iran is really our biggest fear in the world these days, than you must support your allies who neighbor them... the Saudis can't turn on the US... too much of their wealth is held here in our banks and invested in our companies.... like FOX NEWS.

      September 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    The U.S. is also selling Israel 20-F35 Stealth Fighters for 2.75 Billion. This puts Israel way ahead of any Nation with these highly technologically advanced Fighters. The U.S. is also allowing Israel to have their planes made with the latest Israeli Fighter computer systems. Israel will be the first foreign country to have these planes.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      And with Israel's track record of reverse engineering of US weapons systems and selling them on the open market the Chinese will have it within 5 years. as they did with the Sidewinder, Python 3, and Popeye missile systems.

      September 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john d

    Saudis are Wahabi. They are the only Muslim country that is WAHABI.

    They are NOT Sunni. Wahabis dis-agree with both Sunnis & Shiites !

    September 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      No Saudi refers to Himself/Herself as WAHABI.

      September 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasef

      Wahabi people are part of Sunni people.. Don't talk about something you don't know about..Iran and other haters of Saudis are trying to spread Saudis from Sunni, just because Iran wants to weaken Sunni people.

      September 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MarciaMarcia

    Actually the Saudi royals are allies of ours (well, allies of our military-industrial complex)- the terrorist groups are against the royal family as much as they are against the US. To them, they are one in the same. Selling weapons to the Saudis is just an extension of US imperialism, and just adds justification to continue growing the military industrial complex. See, we created 100,000 jobs, we can't stop producing weapons now!

    This is exactly why it's political suicide to try and close down a military base or cut defense spending- all of the people in that area have grown dependent on the base, so even if the base is redundant and we can cut our budget by closing it, it's against the people's self-interest to vote for closure, so they and the politicians they support will fight tooth and nail to keep it open. Same goes for defense contracts. So politicians have to be pro military to a fault, and we just keep expanding and expanding our military and defense contracts because our government/political process is not designed to operate efficiently. The irony of it is the same people who gripe about people living off the government are the same ones making a living off of these huge military bases that will never close or the no bid defense contracts that abound nowadays. I guess it's just easier to point the finger somewhere else.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pkfops

    Bush sold $36 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia between 2001 & 2008

    September 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mrs. Tiger Woods

    A crapola F-15? Really?

    September 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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