Two years after Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist the Obama administration may soon announce plans for a large sale of precision-guided bombs to the whabbist country of United Arab Emirates, according to US reports.
Yet another sale to Muslims from the United States, Obama is considering a significant sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions made by Boeing, adding to other recent arms deals with the UAE. The sale of 500 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles about which the US Congress was notified in September.
The sale of Boeing-built “bunker-buster” bombs and other munitions to UAE as well. No comment on the reports was immediately available from the Pentagon’s press office or the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales.
Boeing has sold thousands of JDAM bombs to the United States and its allies in recent months as they have replenished their arsenal of the popular precision-guided bombs.
Boeing spokesman Garrett Kasper said the company was unable to discuss the proposed contract since it would involve a foreign military sale, something that would be discussed at a government-to-government level.
Obama is trying to build up the six Islamic countries whom are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait.
Recent arms deals approved by the administration include a record £40 billion plan to sell Saudi Arabia advanced F-15 aircraft, some 2,000-lb JDAMs and other powerful munitions.
The US government also approved the sale of a £4.2 billion terminal missile defence program to UAE that would be built by Lockheed Martin Corp.
Once the Pentagon formally notifies Congressmen about a proposed sale, they have 30 days to raise objections, although such action is rare since sales are carefully vetted with Congress before they are formally announced.
This sale will likely include other weapons systems, including military aircraft and other weapons, according to the source familiar with the plans.
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