WASHINGTON - The United States is set to announce on Thursday a $29.4
billion sale of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, according to an
industry participant familiar with the matter, amid mounting tension
The sale covers 84 new Boeing F-15 fighters with advanced radar
equipment and digital electronic warfare systems plus upgrades of 70
older F-15s, the industry participant said.
The deal comes amid rising tensions in the Gulf region, with both the
United States and Saudi Arabia worried over Iran's nuclear program. Iran
this week repeated threats to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to
mounting US and European economic sanctions.
The Obama administration cleared with Congress more than a year ago the
potential sale of more than $60 billion of military hardware to Saudi
Arabia over 10 to 15 years, including the F-15s, helicopters and related
equipment and services.