Pentagon expects Saudis to commit to $30 billion in arms: source

The Pentagon will soon notify Congress of a potential arms sale to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, but only expects the kingdom to commit to about $30 billion initially, a senior U.S. defense official said on Monday.

The arms sale includes 84 new Boeing Co F-15 fighter jets, upgrading another 70 of them as well as buying 72 Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The United States and Saudi Arabia were also discussing a package for the kingdom's navy, potentially worth $30 billion, but the timing of that deal was unclear and would not be included in the upcoming congressional notification, the official said.

[Source: Reuters, Washington, 13Sep10]

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