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. John Obrien

    FYI people, the US has been supplying Saudi Arabia for the last 50 years with weapons, airplanes and technology. This is nothing new just a larger sum of money. For the idiots who constantly comment on this website, please learn how to spell, it's really embarrasing.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riel23

      We also used to sell weapons to Iran and look at how that turned out.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. micheal

    this sale may be good for US econom right now but, we haven't learnt anything from the past from iraq and talibans (we supported both in the past for several reason). I hope this will not backfire later (for the reasons, 1. 9/11 was mostly funded by soudis 2. controversial new york mosque major donor saudis)

    September 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Israel the biggest terrorist and enemy of all.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hilarious

    [Report: U.S., Saudis close to largest arms deal ever]

    Wow... and let' keep a loud silence about the notorious human right abuses, dictatorship, suppression of women's rights and intolerance of other religions there.

    Who is fooling whom?

    September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John55755

    This is being done to help the US economy but also to use Saudia Arabia as a chess peace in middle eastern control. Saudia Arabia is a puppet government for the US. This country breeds terrorism out amongst the actual people, but the goverment itself has close ties with the US financially. Like Israel, we are too financially tied to the royal family to ever go to war with the actual country- same goes both ways. The US selling these weapons to them is perceived by our government as a strategy againsts Iran, etc. Same deal with us selling weapons to South Korea (leverage againsts North Korea). We can only hope Putin/China doesn't start selling arms to North Korea/Iran- that would be a step in a bad direction.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mypitts2

      I'm not sure who's the puppet in this relationship.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JIM

    Buying weapons from the US is a classical way for Saudi Arabia to return to the us the moneys we paid them for oil. VERY TYPICAL.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BigChedda

    wow... only 60 Billion?? Why the heck are we giving them such a heck of a deal??

    September 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Planet Earth

    Good Move.
    We are building up the wall around Iran.
    By the way....9 of the so called hijackers
    are still alive today.....you swallowed the lie.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HELP

    Hey guys, will you visit SaveStan.ORG a friend of mine with 4 young babies is fighting for his life…… thanks.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Planet Earth

    Good Move.
    We are building up the wall around Iran.
    By the way....9 of the so called hijackers
    are still alive today.....you swallowed the lie.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Coucomonga

    Sure ! bin laden is a saudi; we armed him to fight the Russians. Now he thinks we are the enemy

    September 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. az

    The saddest part about this whole thing is that america has done to them selfs by empowering middle eastern country by the purchase of billions of dollars in oil.Instead of using oil from our own reserves or for that matter change to a alternate fuel source,that would be better for our planet. That being said they would not have 60 billion dollars to buy weapons from anyone they could not fund terrorist training camps and most of all would not own lager businesses in America. Its time to change.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    Saudis are so shady! Why are we doing this!?

    September 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trendo

    On the one hand...the Saudis are our allies in the region, letting the US maintain bases inside Saudi Arabia in both Gulf conflicts. On the other hand...it's no secret in the region that wealthy Saudis of the ruling elite finance what the US considers terrorist groups, through backdoor channels, to keep them from biting the hand that feeds them. Then, on the one hand, the billions we spent on weapons for the mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets sure did an about-face to come back and bite the US on the ass. But on the other hand, you can't keep sophisticated aircraft operational without spare parts and constant maintenance, so in the event of a coup overthrowing the Saudi government, it's unlikely the sale these aircraft will come back to haunt us...unless of course, US companies opt for money over national interest and funnel the spare parts through backdoor channels, etc. (For instance, after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the former Shah's air force was rendered pretty much ineffective due to a lack of spare parts). Accordingly, the only thing that's certain, is that anyone from the global community who reads these posts will get a good laugh at these pitiful Americans and their inability to spell, formulate coherent sentences, understand history and international relations, read, and think critically for themselves.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    Just to summarize: WE SELLING OUR MILITARY WEAPONS TO THE MOST RADICAL ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT ON EARTH, THE SAME NATION WHERE THE 9/11 HIJACKERS CAME FROM. Both Democrats and Republicans alike should be keel-hauled for this. Not for reasons of treason, but for reasons of stupidity.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      There has never been any proof where They came from!!! We still don't really know the whole story about the Twin Towers and We will probably never know...

      September 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
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