The United States of America has revealed its plans to sell Bombs and seahawk Helicopters to Israel and Saudi Arabia respectively. The deal is worth $1.9 billion each, the officials said.
The planned weapons deal with Israel would provide 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 250 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 glide bombs and 50 BLU-113 “super penetrator” bombs designed to reach underground sites.
The notification of the sale of arms came after a report in the Israel daily Haaretz, that the US is planning to compensate Israel in the form of “aid to Israel in weapons” for maintaining diplomatic relations with Iran and other major powers to curtail Tehrain’s nuclear work.
However US officials said that the planned sale would only replace the Israel’s Arsenal and that they are not providing them with any new type of weapons.
“The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs,” according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. On the other hand the deal with Saudi Arabia involves the sale of 10 Seahawk MH-60R helicopters along with associated radar, navigation systems and 38 Hellfire missiles, the agency said in a statement.
The United States had agreed for a $90 billion arms deals in 2010-2014 period. The main defense firms for the Saudi sale are Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, the Yahoo News reports.
Congress must be informed 30 days before the administration can take final steps on a military sale to a foreign government. The sale can go ahead unless lawmakers vote to block or amend the deal.