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U.S. Approves Sale of Smart Bombs to Saudi Arabia

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The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $1.29 billion in smart bombs to Saudi Arabia to help replenish supplies used in its battle against insurgents in Yemen and air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which facilitates foreign arms sales, notified lawmakers on Friday that the sales had been approved, it said in a statement.

The lawmakers now have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted before any formal notification.

The sales reflect President Barack Obama’s pledge to bolster U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia and other Sunni allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council after his administration brokered a nuclear deal with their Shiite rival Iran.

The agency said the sale would help the Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF) replenish weapons supplies that are becoming depleted due to high demand for multiple counter-terrorism operations, while providing reserves for future missions.

“This acquisition will help sustain strong military-to-military relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, improve (the ability of Saudi forces to work) with the United States, and enable Saudi Arabia to meet regional threats and safeguard the world’s largest oil reserves,” it said.

Providing the munitions to Saudi forces would also help deter its enemies, and “directly conveys U.S. commitment to the RSAF’s current and future ability to sustain combat operations,” it said.

The proposed sale includes 22,000 smart and general purpose bombs, including 1,000 GBU-10 Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs, and over 5,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions kits to turn older bombs into precision-guided weapons using GPS signals.

The weapons are made by Boeing Co (BA.N) and Raytheon Co (RTN.N), but the agency told lawmakers the prime contractors would be selected in a competition.

No further details were immediately available.

Saudi Arabia, one of the largest buyers of U.S. weapons, was approved in September for a potential second sale of 600 Patriot-PAC-3 air defense missiles made by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), a deal valued at $5.4 billion.

Last month, the U.S. government also approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of up to four Littoral Combat Ships made by Lockheed for $11.25 billion.



27 Comments on "U.S. Approves Sale of Smart Bombs to Saudi Arabia"

  1. makati1 on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 1:36 am 

    Business is down in the M.I.C. also. Gotta get more wars going so the US can sell weapons. The mother of all wars is in the offing, be patient.

    “Russia has been on the move, now, incrementally and patiently. In December 2013, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would respond with nuclear weapons. The Yars (SS-29) ICBM has been developed that can penetrate all current U.S. missile defenses. … It is a shame that he (Admiral Sam Locklear) isn’t being quoted right now with the standoff that is currently taking place between China and the U.S. just outside of Chinese territorial waters. What would his opinion be of the new hypersonic missile that China has developed to take out an entire carrier group with just ¼ megaton warhead?”

    This is NOT your father’s Russia and China … lol.

  2. Davy on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 4:12 am 

    Too bad Mak, looks like there are signs of cooperation ahead. Wouldn’t that be another let down. First the brics dud then the end of the mini cold war. I realize we are not there yet with the mini cold war but your bric hype is dead on the gurney.

  3. dave thompson on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:04 am 

    The term “smart bomb” and what it implies is disgusting.

  4. BobInget on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:22 am 

    Bob Inget agrees w/ Thompson.
    Only to add, the term ‘smart bomb’, the world’s ugliest oxymoron, also refers to to any human suicide bomber.

  5. dave thompson on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:33 am 

    A human suicide bomber is a response to the industrial war machine.

  6. BobInget on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:41 am 

    Putin chose this post Paris period to confirm what everyone but Egyptian tourist officials
    admit, it was a IED that brought down the Russian airliner.

    With ISIS up agains the combined forces of NATO and Russia, ISIS needs to reinvent itself as caliphate in waiting. Ah Hell, they’ll
    simply change their names.

    All the while, with attention drawn away, al Qaeda is busy capturing more oil in Qaeda Yemen, thanks to Saudi bombing.

    Like ISIS, al Qaeda, is also a Saudi invention.

    By limiting oil production in the US, Venezuela and elsewhere KSA has made a world more dependent on Saudi supplies.

  7. GregT on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 11:02 am 

    Attacking both Russia and France, does nothing to assist ISIS in the creation of a caliphate in the middle east, and does everything to deter them.

    All sign posts lead to the usual suspects, SA.

  8. Boat on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 11:57 am 

    I am sure ISIS would love to motivate the 20 million Muslims in Russia. Another 20m in China btw.

  9. Boat on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 12:21 pm 


    More American weakness.The new budget has 60 million more for the military. That will push US military spending close to 600 million per year. Russia spends around 70, China around 150. Mak, do you comprehend the difference in those numbers? You must have a rolodex of issues with some kind of claim/response that never changes.

    Personally I think the US would be fine with a 200 billion military. Cut it by 2/3. Let these countries figure out their own problems. Maks response would be exactly the same. Russia and China could overpower the US at any time. They are weak. Lol

  10. Pennsyguy on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 2:02 pm 

    Smart bombs. Dumb specie.

  11. apneaman on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 3:44 pm 

    Blowback Paris: Exxonomics 102

  12. apneaman on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 4:00 pm 

    Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members

  13. apneaman on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 6:39 pm 

    Ignorance and Indoctrination of Westerners Kills Millions

    “November 17, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “teleSUR” – Our Planet Earth is heading straight towards the most dangerous collision in its history. It is not a collision with some foreign body, with an asteroid or a comet, but with the most brutal and selfish chunk of its own inhabitants: with people who proudly call themselves “members of the Western civilization.”

    Again and again it is clearly demonstrated that Western culture, which the paramount psychologist Carl Jung used to call “pathology”, couldn’t be trusted.

    This “culture” had already mercilessly slaughtered several hundreds of millions of people in all corners of the world; it enslaved entire continents, and plundered all that had any value, whether it was located above or under the surface of earth.

    Inhabitants of Europe, the United States, as well as rulers of the client states, showed chilling indifference towards the suffering of their victims.

    They also demonstrated utmost ignorance and the highest level of indoctrination!”


  14. makati1 on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 8:36 pm 

    Boat, look at labor costs in those three countries. THEN tell me that they are so different in ability to make war/weapons.

    The US is the land of waste. Billions are ‘lost’ every year in the military budget. Billions more go to support the 1,000+ US bases around the world that the other countries do not have as overhead. Nor do they have the huge navies to support. And on and on. It is not what you spend, but what you get for your money.

  15. makati1 on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 9:18 pm 


    War is good for business and profits…

  16. peakyeast on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:13 pm 

    I wonder which smart bomb is cheapest. The ISIS versions or the US versions…

    And the good thing is suppose that at last there will be something smart in KSA – so far that country literally had an Allah sized sign pointing down at it saying: Im with stupid.

  17. makati1 on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:35 pm 

    Hahahahaha! Thanks Peakyeast. ^_^

  18. GregT on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 10:36 pm 


    “I am sure ISIS would love to motivate the 20 million Muslims in Russia. Another 20m in China btw.”

    Killing other groups of innocent people doesn’t motivate people to join ISIS. Killing muslim families does.

    Your dumb boat.

  19. dooma on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 3:58 am 

    One has to wonder if these bombs are going to be deployed by the same sort of “smart” soldier jacked-up on military-supplied uppers and with an itchy trigger-finger who bombed the French-run hospital in Syria?

    And remember bombs don’t kill people. People kill people. We just keep get better at it with all the cash being invested into the technology.

  20. Tom on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 5:50 pm 

    Nothing like fueling an arms race and all out war in the world’s most prolific oil producing region. How soon before the Saudis feeling confidence with all their new high tech weapons decide to use them against Iran? And then Iran aided by Russia nukes Ghawar and Ras Tanura. This sure would be good for Russian crude sales to the East and to Europe. Has anyone in Washington thought about such possibilities?

  21. makati1 on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 7:38 pm 

    GregT, maybe Boat doesn’t realize that there are more than 1,000,000 Muslims in Canada and another 3,000,000 plus in the US that they would also like to ‘motivate’ if they get the chance. And Prez “O” wants to import another hundred thousand or more over the next few years. How many rotten apples will be in those thousands? The ME is coming to America also. Be patient Boat.

  22. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 7:40 pm 

    If bomb is really smart, it would not go off. Because it would cease to exist by going off. So bomb is kind of suicidal, that is not very smart.

  23. Boat on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 10:10 pm 


    Unless your Republican, lol most Americans accept and welcome diversity. We don’t live in fear like many of those on this web site do. This is due to most of our major cities are very diverse and assimilate just fine. You don’t have to love your neighbor when there are a couple of million ofthem. Treat them as most in the city, ignore them and do what you need to do.

  24. GregT on Wed, 18th Nov 2015 10:23 pm 

    “We don’t live in fear like many of those on this web site do.”

    Denial and fear go hand in hand Boat. Those who overcome their fears are not generally in denial.


    Members of the community will experience denial. The following are some of the ways people experience denial. Some people:

    Avoid getting the warnings or action recommendations

    May not believe the threat is real
    May not believe the threat is real to them.
    An individual experiencing denial may not take recommended steps to ensure their safety until the absolute last moments, sometimes, perhaps, when it is too late.”

  25. GregT on Thu, 19th Nov 2015 12:47 am 

    “Unless your Republican”

    Your Republican what Boat? That would be like saying; Unless your toothbrush, or unless your reading glasses.

    You don’t make any sense, dumbo.

  26. Boat on Thu, 19th Nov 2015 1:59 am 


    25+ Republican governors are a throw back to how the US treated Japanese US citizens during WWII. A stain on American History.

  27. apneaman on Fri, 20th Nov 2015 5:03 pm 

    SHOCK POLL: After Paris, Americans would prefer Putin to Obama

    “Vladimir 2016?

    According to RT, Vladimir Putin would defeat Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders in the US General Election of 2016:

    Putin’s approval ratings are shockingly high in the US, where leaders of the nation constantly criticize Russia’s actions in reasserting herself in Crimea.

    Russian President Putin has rode a wave of popularity recently, after claiming that “God can judge ISIS, but it is my job to send them to him.”

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