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 US set to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia worth $1.29 bln

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of thousands of smart bombs to Saudi Arabia to help replenish supplies used in its battle against insurgents in Yemen and air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Censor.NET reports referring to Reuters quoting officials familiar with the deal, its total amount making $1.29 bln.

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According to the sources, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which facilitates foreign arms sales, notified the Congress on Friday, Nov. 13 that the sales had been approved. The lawmakers now have 30 days to block the sale.

Saudi Arabia is interested in Paveway II, BLU-117 and other smart bombs, as well as Joint Direct Attack Munitions kits to turn older bombs into precision-guided weapons using GPS signals.

Read more: Pentagon announces possible military sales to Europe, worth $880 million, - Defense News

In September, the U.S. government approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of 600 Patriot-PAC-3 air defense missiles, a deal valued at $5.4 bln. In October, another sale including up to four Littoral Combat Ships worth $11.25 bln was approved.
 
 
 
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