US to sell $10.8 bln in missiles, bombs to Saudis, UAE

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    US to sell $10.8 bln in missiles, bombs to Saudis, UAE


    The Pentagon said Thursday it plans to sell Washington's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $10.8 billion worth of missiles and munitions, including "bunker-buster" bombs.


    The move follows a series of US weapons deals in recent years that have bolstered the air power and missile arsenals of Gulf states, which view Iran as a menacing rival with nuclear ambitions.

    The pending sale comes as the United States and five other major powers pursue high-stakes diplomacy on Iran's disputed nuclear program, with talks this week portrayed as positive by both sides.

    Officials said the Defense Department notified Congress this week of the planned deal that will provide a thousand bunker-buster GBU-39 bombs to the Saudis and 5,000 to the UAE.

    The sale will also include sophisticated air-launched cruise missiles that can hit targets from a long distance.

    The weapons are designed for use by US-made F-15 and F-16 fighter jets previously purchased by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    In 2010, Israel bought the same bunker-buster "precision-guided glide bombs," fueling speculation that it was preparing for potential pre-emptive air strikes against underground nuclear sites in Iran.

    The proposed sales "will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States" by improving the security of friendly countries that remain forces for "stability," the DSCA said.

    Under the arms package, the Saudis were due to receive $6.8 billion in weapons, parts, training and logistical support.

    The Saudis and the UAE will purchase hundreds of Standoff Land Attack missiles, or SLAM-ERs, and Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW).

    These advanced missiles that will enable their warplanes to hit radar installations and other targets from beyond the range of air defense systems.

    The Saudis will purchase 650 of the Boeing-manufactured SLAM-ERs and 973 Joint Standoff Weapons, made by Raytheon, as well as other missiles.

    The United Arab Emirates is due to buy $4 billion worth of weaponry, including the bunker-buster bombs, 300 SLAM-ERs and 1,200 JSOW missiles.

    "The UAE continues host-nation support of vital US forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and plays a vital role in supporting US regional interests," the DSCA said.

    "This proposed sale will improve the UAE's military readiness and capabilities to meet current and future regional threats, reduce the dependence on US forces in the region, and enhance any coalition operations the US may undertake."

    The arms sale is expected to prompt renewed criticism from human rights groups and opponents of rulers in both Gulf states, which have cracked down on internal dissent and backed repression by Egypt's military-backed leadership.

    The United States recently scaled back its military assistance to Egypt in the wake of a military coup that ousted the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

    Congress has 30 days to block the sale but most lawmakers have endorsed previous weapons deals with the Gulf countries.

    US to sell $10.8 bln in missiles, bombs to Saudis, UAE
     
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    after all these equipments are sold to saudis, will they stand with US when time comes ?.....i think this might go the iran or afghan way......unless US is heavily dependent on saudi oil
     
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    No they won't ..That's why they getting sophisticated weapon Packages from US

    FROM THE ARTICLE

     
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    so this deal is focussed on strengthening UAE and saudis against the rising power of Iran ?
     
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    to holding against Iran and Pakistan
     
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    so iran will be sandwiched between israel and uae and saudi.........good move. Wonder how iran will view this deal ?
     
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    Asking to Russia for some Fighters and some Indigenous moves like Qahar 313
     
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    I-G Tihar Jail Banned

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    May be to extend the the lease of the bases as its finishing in the coming next 2 years .
     
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    The UAE has a conflict over some islands with Iran. Other than that, it is just some rich arabs buying expensive toys. There is little to no possibility of a war.
     
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    The weapon Package for UAE Estimated amout $4.0 Billions

    5000 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) with BRU-61 carriage systems,

    8 SDB Guided Test Vehicles for aircraft integration,

    16 SDB Captive Flight and Load Build trainers,

    1200 AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW),

    10 JSOW CATMs,

    300 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missiles-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER),

    40 CATM-84H Captive Air Training Missiles,

    20 ATM-84H SLAM-ER Telemetry Missiles,

    4 Dummy Air Training Missiles,

    30 AWW-13 Data Link pods,

    containers, munitions storage security and training, mission planning, transportation, tools and test equipment, integration support and testing, weapon operational flight program software development, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.



    For KSA Estimated amount is $6.8 billion + $90 million

    650 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missiles-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER),

    973 AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW),

    400 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles,

    1000 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB),

    40 CATM-84H Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM),

    20 ATM-84H SLAM-ER Telemetry Missiles,

    4 Dummy Air Training Missiles,

    60 AWW-13 Data Link pods,

    10 JSOW CATMs,

    40 Harpoon CATMs,

    20 ATM-84L Harpoon Exercise Missiles,

    36 SDB Captive Flight and Load Build trainers,


    containers, mission planning, integration support and testing, munitions storage security and training, weapon operational flight program software development, transportation, tools and test equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support


    The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of support services to its Ministry of Defense for three years. The U.S. Military Training Mission (USMTM) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) responsible for identifying, planning, and executing U.S. security cooperation training and advisory support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense. The estimated cost is $90 million.


    Saudi Arabia - Various Munitions and Support | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Various Munitions and Support | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency
     
  12. sayareakd

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    US knows that KSA dont know how to operate weapons therefore those who are going to operate are the US forces or its contractors in KSA.

    It is win win for Uncle................
     
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    That dispute is with the revenue of Oil sharing between Iran and Sharjah for Abu Musa Island and both sides agrees on 1971 agreements and even after 1992 it was continued where as the Tunb Island dispute is between Ras-al-Khaimah & Iran and no agreements have been made on that .Its a territorial dispute and during the Iran-Iraq war.

    Abu Musa: Island Dispute Between Iran and the UAE
     
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