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United States to deter Iran sell weapons to Saudi Arabia


The United States intends to sell fighter jets worth $ 29,4 billion to Saudi Arabia.

This, according to Washington, will help create about 50 thousands of jobs, as well as help strengthen security in the Persian Gulf area amid increasing tensions with Iran.

The contract includes the supply of new F-84 15 fighters, (manufacturer - Boeing Co), with advanced radar equipment and electronic warfare. 70 older F-15s that have been upgraded will also be supplied. In addition to the aircraft, spare parts and ammunition will be supplied to Saudi Arabia. There will also be built logistics, staff training and maintenance.

Congress sale of fighters of Saudi Arabia was approved long ago, but the White House approved the sale when tensions in the region increased. The deal illustrated the strengthening of defense ties between a key oil supplier and the United States.

“This agreement serves to strengthen strong and strong relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States,” said Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro. “This demonstrates the United States’s commitment to Saudi Arabia’s strong defense as a key component for regional security.”

Both Saudi Arabia and the United States are concerned about the Iranian nuclear program and view it as a very serious potential threat. Iranian authorities in the past few days have repeatedly threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, if European countries and the United States impose new economic sanctions.

In addition, the agreement was signed during the period when B. Obama is preparing to start his election campaign. The main trump card in this company will be the struggle for the economy of the United States and the growth in the number of jobs.

Sales weapons Saudi Arabia, according to the White House spokesman, could bring the US economy 3,5 billion dollars in annual increases and help strengthen exports.

Saudi Arabia was the largest buyer of American weapons from January 2007 to the end of 2010. Countries signed agreements worth 13,8 billion dollars, according to a report from the Congress Research Service of December 15.

The company Boeing said that this contract is a "strong partnership" with Saudi Arabia. This state already owns a squadron consisting of Boeing F-15 fighters, AWACS aircraft, Apache helicopters and special reconnaissance aircraft.

Saudi arms build-up, according to News.Gnom, is part of a more global build-up conducted by the United States, its regional allies and friends. Ultimately, this may offset the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

US officials said the F-15 will be upgraded in 2014, and the first new fighter aircraft will be delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Shapiro said that the deal is aimed at strengthening the defense of Saudi Arabia in this unstable region.

"Now there are a number of threats in the Middle East ... Obviously, one of the threats they face, and other countries in the region is Iran," Shapiro said at a press briefing.

"However, it is not only aimed at Iran. It is also aimed at meeting the defense needs of our partner, Saudi Arabia," Shapiro added.

An expert on Saudi Arabia at the University of Vermont, Grigory Gauze, said that the announcement of the sale of fighters is a signal that the United States wants to restrain Iranian influence in the region, but will not take any active measures of force.

"These actions are more a signal than a practical measure, as these planes will be delivered some time later," Gauze said. "However, these efforts by the American administration say that the US is going to strengthen ties with its local allies, even after the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, because they seek to contain the influence of Iran. "

Saudi Arabia’s sales of American weapons in Israel are often a matter of concern, but Shapiro said the US administration believes that military advanced aircraft will not be able to do anything to reduce Israel’s comparative military advantage in the region.

"Our assessment is that these sales will not have an effect on a high-quality Israeli military advantage," he said.
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  1. bereg
    bereg 11 January 2012 19: 27
    and we are worse and people want to work with us, c300 to Iran urgently !!!!!
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 11 January 2012 20: 25
      United States to deter Iran sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

      An interesting picture with this US ally

      Saudi Arabia is building a network of mosques and Islamic centers around the world, which then become centers of extremism. An example is the mosque in Bonn, Germany, where in 1995 the mosque of the Saudi king Fahd was built, which supported the terrorists. Princess Haifa, wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States, donated $ 130 for the needs of people who later turned out to be involved in the hijacking of planes in 000 in New York so that they could settle in San Diego. Another Saudi mosque also donated $ 2001 to San Diego. The mosques in Bonn and San Diego served as a base for 550 terrorists involved in the 000 terrorist attack.
      1. Shuriken
        Shuriken 11 January 2012 21: 21
        A vivid and colorful example of the "policy of double standards" THIS IS A BUSINESS, FRIEND! NOTHING PERSONAL...
  2. figwam
    figwam 11 January 2012 19: 42
    The armament of a potential ally is not surprising.
    The main sentence of the text: - "it will help create about 50 thousand jobs", a proven technology of the United States for overcoming crises.
  3. aktanir
    aktanir 11 January 2012 19: 45
    1. Kyrgyz
      Kyrgyz 11 January 2012 20: 38
      over the past 3 years, we sold only 30 fighter jets to Indonesia, 6 is another contract the other day, the Americans sold a package that will work out for 4-5 years, they declare it as a package, and of course, we have a lot, of course, there are few Sauds who have Saudi money, but the share of Russian VPK in the market is growing steadily, although growth could be more energetic
  4. alatau_09
    alatau_09 11 January 2012 19: 54
    "The United States intends to sell fighters to Saudi Arabia for $ 29,4 billion.
    This, according to Washington, will help create about 50 thousand jobs, as well as help to strengthen security in the Persian Gulf region amid growing tensions with Iran. "

    Well, what was required to be proved ..., the first "fruits" of escalating the situation in the region by the amers ..., money poured in ... a start was made ...
    or in a trading manner: funds generate demand ...
  5. Ivan Tarasov
    Ivan Tarasov 11 January 2012 21: 10
    The US cannot be allowed to upset the balance of power.
    Should be more intensively cooperate with Iran.
    There is a good prospect in the aircraft industry, for example, the joint creation of a new fifth-generation front-line fighter (replacing the MiG-29).
    We are jointly with India creating a Kestrel, why not jointly with Iran create a new front-line fighter that our countries need.
    I am sure Iran will gladly agree.
    1. Cardamom
      Cardamom 11 January 2012 22: 44
      Against the backdrop of almost global sanctions, in a country that is on the verge of war, creating such a large-scale project will be at least problematic.
  6. Viktor11
    Viktor11 11 January 2012 21: 43
    Yes, even if they sell the SUPERPERIPEROUREUMS, the balance will not be upset until Russia and China quarrel !?
  7. Nick
    Nick 11 January 2012 21: 43
    In my opinion, there has been a tendency to change the format of US participation in military-police operations and local conflicts. Instead of sending your own troops, allied troops are used. The United States participates primarily as a "sponsor" of the conflict.
  8. Viktor11
    Viktor11 11 January 2012 22: 24
    The tendency was always the same - "Russia brings peace", and what tendency America has is clear to everyone, and everyone is against it, that's enough)))))))
  9. suharev - 52
    suharev - 52 11 January 2012 22: 50
    A typical Pindostan position is to rake in heat with the wrong hands. Well, the Saudis on petrodollars will hire mercenaries who will fight on this technique. Here is the most typical golden calf Stratigem.
  10. Viktor11
    Viktor11 11 January 2012 23: 02
    Shouldn't we "fuck" such stupid and self-confident tovarischey))) but forgive the mercenaries and ........ in general there was always enough, and they have the same fate, if not for a just (good) cause they go into battle
  11. aksakal
    aksakal 11 January 2012 23: 14
    Mercenaries fight well only when to the level of the so-called. acceptable losses are still far away. If this level is exceeded, the mercenary runs, just runs.
  12. mengeleff
    mengeleff 12 January 2012 05: 30
    Pindos are ready to arm both bandits an example of the Taliban and totalitarian states and shove their weapons to their slaves like Kuwait bully
  13. sazhka0
    sazhka0 12 January 2012 07: 32
    They just stupidly need oil for a big war. And how it will be achieved does not matter .. And a big war to be .. Unfortunately ..
  14. Mujahiddin777
    Mujahiddin777 12 January 2012 08: 47
    What kind of Wallav these Arabs !!! Pindos use them ... How can you consider your enemy an ally, I do not understand!
  15. dred
    dred 12 January 2012 17: 08
    Well, they themselves cannot incite others.