The Pentagon to sell Saudi Arabia and the UAE weapon for $11 billion
The U.S. is going to sell Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates modern weapons systems for an overall amount of $10.8 billion. According to reports by the specialized edition of DefenceNews this week, the Pentagon notified Congress of the relevant plans.
The analysts ascribe this move to the recent years' consistent U.S. policy connected with the strengthening of the air force and missile arsenals of the States of the Persian Gulf. The fact is that the Saudi Arabia and the UAE consider the neighboring Iran as a serious threat and spend a lot of money on upgrading their armed forces.
If the Senate and the House of Representatives suddenly want to block the deal, they will have 30 days to make a relevant decision. Although, according to U.S. media reports, the majority of legislators support the expansion of the U.S. military cooperation with the countries of the Persian Gulf. Especially amid the crisis and lack of money even for work of state institutions whose employees are forced to take two weeks' unpaid leave due to disagreements in Congress because of the budget.
The Pentagon plans to deliver controlled bunker-buster bombs to the U.S. allies in the Arab Peninsula. Saudi Arabia is going to get a thousand bunker-buster GBU-39 bombs and the United Arab Emirates about five thousand. In this case, according to experts, the most likely targets for their use are Iran's nuclear facilities.
In addition, the most advanced air-to-surface cruise missiles capable of striking targets at long range will be sent to the region. They are intended for use onboard the US-made F-15 and F-16 fighters, which had been previously purchased from the United States by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Of the total $10.8 billion about 6.8 billion are accounted for Saudi Arabia and about 4 billion ? for the UAE.
According to the Pentagon, the transaction will increase the combat readiness and military capabilities of the U.S. allies, at the same time reducing their dependence on the U.S. military presence in the region.
Earlier, the Pentagon reported the preparation of this agreement, the details of which had been worked out long enough by the U.S. military during talks with their Saudi and Emirati colleagues. It was also discussed by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, during his April visit to the region. According to him, "this is one of the most complex and elaborate transactions for the sale of arms in American history."
Pentagon's decision to arm the Persian monarchies to the amount of $11 billion seems rather surprising amid the relative thaw in relations with Iran. In addition, the new president of Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani himself has repeatedly stated that he intends to improve relations with the Gulf countries and the U.S.A. In one of his speeches, he even called Saudi Arabia the Islamic Republic's "friend and brother".