Saudi Arabia will be the value of the United States nearly $ 60 billion sale of fighter planes and other arms
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua reporter Wang Fengfeng Du Jing) – U.S. officials announced Wednesday, the day the U.S. government notified Congress of the United States plans to sell Saudi Arabia a large number of fighter planes, helicopters and other military equipment, valued at nearly $ 60 billion.
of State for Political-Military Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro with the Department of Defense for International Security Affairs Assistant Minister Alexander Vershbow said at a joint press conference to announce the matter. According to figures provided by them, this sales involving 84 fighter jets F-15SA, 70 AH-64D type “Apache” attack helicopters, 72 UH-60M type “Black Hawk” tactical helicopters, AH-36 6i-based light attack helicopters, 12 MD-530F Light Helicopter. In addition, the United States to Saudi Arabia will provide hundreds of sets of terms of engines, weapons and navigation systems.
addition to weapons, the United States will help the Saudi Air Force to upgrade its fleet of 70 F-15S fighter. Shapiro said that the whole transaction is expected in the next 15 years to 20 years, with a total value not exceeding $ 60 billion. If approved, this project will be U.S. arms sales to the largest value of the history of a single.
accordance with the procedures, the U.S. Congress has 30 days to raise objections on the arms, but Shapiro and Vershbow said that they do not think sales will encounter significant resistance in Congress. Shapiro said the arms sales would “strengthen the (Middle East) regional security and stability.” Vershbow said the United States and Israel in this matter before the communication, the U.S. side will not think to challenge.
two officials said, to sell military equipment to Saudi Arabia to help the U.S. achieve its diplomatic goals, to strengthen U.S. security interests in the Middle East, while Iran can also have a deterrent.