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U.S. intends to sell arms worth over US$6 billion to Saudi Arabia

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by cbbr, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    The U.S. Defense Department notified the Congress on Thursday of possible arms sales such as helicopters, radios and armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia worth over 6 billion U.S. dollars.
    The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement the sale of 5.8 billion dollars worth of major defense equipment (MDE) and non-MDE was to continue modernization of the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
    The sale would comprise 724 light armored vehicles, 4,504 long- range and handheld radio systems, 2,132 night vision goggles, 630 thermal weapon sight, 162 recoilless rifles, and other military equipment.
    At present, there are approximately 250 U.S. government personnel and 630 contractor representatives in Saudi Arabia supporting the nation's National Guard modernization program, the statement said.
    "The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region," said the statement.
    In another statement, the agency said it had also notified the Congress of a possible sale to Saudi Arabia of 24 UH-60L Utility/ Assault Black Hawk helicopters as well as associated equipment and services worth 350 million dollars.
    "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," it said.
    The Congress has 30 days to block the sales.

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    Why not? They are Supposed to be on our side. If relations deteriorate, then they will be stuck with equipment they can't get parts for-kinda like Iran in the 80s.:D
     
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    sounds like a good way to make $$$$. Most of that gear sounds like it would be useful for arming their anti-terrorist teams, which get into relatively major gun-fights from time to time. Not many IEDs in Saudi, just wackos with AKs and nades and stuff... armored cars and choppers would be good transportation for their terrorist-hunters.

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  4. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    What they didn't say was every gun, rocket, or missile will be auto programmed for Tehran so every time a Saudi pulls the trigger, the destination is Iran, no matter where they are pointed.....:D
     
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    How current is the equipment, would be my first question.
     
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    And yet AGAIN, i get to post this picture up in another thread,,,:doah:
     
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    It's a good idea. Suadi Arabia is a huge ally in that area... as long as the Saudi king stays in power. Guess there's been some issues with that lately.
     
  8. midnitewarya

    midnitewarya Sounds like a problem for future me. Premium Member

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    Don't they know they already have Deceptacons!?!?!
     
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    We have been sending arms to Saudi for years. Remember the Gulf war when Saudi pilots were flying sorties into Iraq and Kuwait with their US built F-15 fighter jets.
     

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