US expects Saudis to commit to $30 bln in arms-source

by reuters | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 13 September 2010 16:52 GMT

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The Pentagon will soon notify Congress of a potential arms sale to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, but only expects the kingdom to commit to about $30 billion initially, a senior U.S. defense official said on Monday.

The arms sale includes 84 new Boeing Co <BA.N> F-15 fighter jets, upgrading another 70 of them as well as buying 72 Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp <UTX.N>.

The United States and Saudi Arabia were also discussing a package for the kingdom's navy, potentially worth $30 billion, but the timing of that deal was unclear and would not be included in the upcoming congressional notification, the official said. (Reporting by Phil Stewart, Editing by Jackie Frank)

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