The Defense Department is poised to complete a weapons sale agreement next week with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates worth $10 billion to deal with potential aggression from Iran and other security concerns.
The weaponry produced by U.S. companies includes missiles, warplanes, and troop transports, The New York Times reports
In size, the sale trails only the $29.5 billion deal in 2010 to sell F-15 aircraft to Saudi Arabia. The agreement is expected to pass Congress easily, the Times noted.
The deal with Israel also includes U.S. financial aid – more than $3 billion this year.
The arms deal is aimed at helping to defend Israel and some of its Arab neighbors against threats from Iran. But according to the Times, the administration did not want to be seen as approving a unilateral arms deal with Israel that could be interpreted as an "endorsement of accelerated planning by Israel to strike alone at Tehran’s suspected nuclear facilities."
Other concerns the United States is seeking to address with the sales, apart from Iran, are risks related to Syria’s civil war and conflict within Egypt.
Under the agreement, Israel is slated to buy missiles that could destroy air-defense radars, advanced radars for its own warplanes, refueling tanker planes, and V-22 Osprey troop transport aircraft.
The United Arab Emirates would purchase F-16 warplanes, which could total $5 billion, and precision missiles that could be fired from those jets. Saudi Arabia plans to acquire missiles as well.
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