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.
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.