AP Sources: U.S. to Sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia

By: Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Lee, Associated Press
By: Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Lee, Associated Press

Washington, D.C (AP) - U.S. officials say the Obama administration is poised to announce the sale of nearly $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.

Officials say the deal will send 84 new fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more, for a total of $29.4 billion.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the sale has not been made public.

About a year ago, the administration got the go-ahead from Congress for a 10-year, $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that included F-15s, helicopters and a broad array of missiles, bombs and delivery systems, as well as radar warning systems and night-vision goggles.

The plan raised concerns particularly from pro-Israeli lawmakers, but U.S. officials reassured Congress that Israel's military edge would not be undercut by the sale.

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  • by wondering Location: tally on Dec 29, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    maybe they'll have a real flyover during next year's celebration on September 11, 2012.
  • by holy smoke on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    Can OweBummer think of any other boneheaded things to do? These people will turn their backs on us the first time there is an incident.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to holy smoke
      I can't wait until he's out of office.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Interesting how we sell our a** for just a bit more Oil. We did this in the 70s to the Shah of Iran ...then when the Ayatollah took power , we luckily disabled the Tomcats before he could send them against us. The Kindom of Saud has always played BOTH sides of the fence between us and extremists. Next War , we will be facing weapons of our own design.
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      by Jake on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to Kevin aka Reality
      We sell our junk because we already have better equipment. We also know the weakness of the F-15. Probably an embedded program can cripple them on the ground.
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        by Steve Florida native/resident, Not in Marietta on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:42 PM in reply to Jake
        I have been lookin' at these blogs, and I am astounded! Wrap your brain around this...Since the early seventies we sold fighter/bombers to Israel, and they jerked our s*** out of the system[AA AS ASW} because their's was superior. Think about that the next time you consider this stuff 'junk.' You have a platform, you take the battle to the enemy, kinda' sorta' like them drones thingees with lawn mower engines. I'm just sayin'.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    The income can be spent wisely on future presidential vacations.
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident, Not in Marietta on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM
    Trust me folks. They will be in need of F-22's before the new year in 2013. Arabia of the Saud Family is something like 'the new kid' in the crowd, defined after the Ottoman/Turk Empire thingee during WWII. The actual ruler of Arabia resides in Jordan. King Abdullah is somewhere around and about the 27th/28th generation descendant of the big "M", That's a bloodline.
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      by me on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:21 AM in reply to Steve
      I don't believe we would sell them something we couldn't shoot down.
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        by Steve again on Dec 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to me
        Not for us, it's for them...Thanx.
  • by Natasha on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Why so they can steal our technology!
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    What is wrong with this country? We need to sell weapons to the middle east like we need another hole in our heads. Next thing you no we will sell weapons to N. Korea.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:43 AM in reply to Mike
      The next thing you will know, Obama will be handing over top secret drones to Iran. Oh wait.... He already did...
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        by Jake on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to
        Could have been a ruse.
  • by anon on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    great... got people livin in the street, teachers bein fired, sellin tech to people who control the oil...go figure, flyin the BAD IDEA on this....
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