Monday, September 13, 2010

Other than food, what else do we have left to export? If you think we are selling our most cutting edge technologies to anyone, you need to get your head checked. And by the way Saudi Arabia has been an ally for decades. The Saudis would buy about 72 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, 70 AH-64D Longbow Apaches and 36 AH-6 Little Bird choppers, the official said. The Longbow is the U.S. Army’s premier anti-tank helicopter, capable of firing laser-guided or all-weather radar- guided air-to-ground Hellfire missiles. The Saudi package includes only laser-guided versions.

The Obama administration sees the sale as part of a broader aimed at supporting "Arab allies against Iran," and is expected to notify the US congress about these items. Worth up to $60 billion, the largest U.S. arms deal ever, and is in talks with the kingdom about potential naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more. The US has sought to build up missile defence across the region, and the Saudi package could be similar to one in the United Arab Emirates.