U.S. Finalizes $29.4B Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

U.S. Finalizes $29.4B Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia; So What Does This Mean For Americans?

USATODAY.COM - The United States has completed a $29.4 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, the Obama administration announced Thursday, saying the deal "will support more than 50,000 American jobs."

The sale may also be seen as a message to Iran.

Under the agreement signed by the governments of each country, the United States will provide advanced F-15SA combat aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The sale comes amid U.S. and Saudi concerns about the military intentions of Iran.

The Saudis are concerned about Iranian efforts to influence events in Iraq, which is on the Saudi border; the U.S., meanwhile, has cautioned Iran against any effort to close the Strait of Hormuz to oil transport traffic, saying "any disruption will not be tolerated."

Iran's government warned this week it might restrict the Strait of Hormuz if Washington levies new sanctions targeting Iran's crude exports over concerns about its nuclear program.

In announcing the new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, White House spokesman Josh Earnet said: "Valued at $29.4 billion, this agreement includes production of 84 new aircraft and the modernization of 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics."

"These F-15SA aircraft, manufactured by the Boeing Company, are among the most sophisticated and capable aircraft in the world," Earnest said.

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