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U.S. To Sell Bunker Buster Bombs, Missiles To Gulf States

Voice of Russia
October 18, 2013

US Defense to sell bunker bombers and missiles to Gulf countries for $10.8 bn

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates soon would be having their own advanced weaponry: the Pentagon plans to sell its bunker buster bombs and cruise missiles for $10.8 billion.

The deal follows a series of US weapons trades in recent years that have bolstered the air power and missile arsenals of Gulf states, which view Iran as a menacing rival with nuclear ambitions.

It includes shipping 1,000 GBU-39/B bombs to Saudi Arabia and 5,000 to the UAE. They have air-deployed wings, which allow them to strike targets as far away as 110km. Their warheads can penetrate up to a meter of reinforced concrete.

The planned sale also includes Standoff Land Attack Extended Range (SLAM-ER) and Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) cruise missiles. Both are meant for destroying surface targets from a long distance, allowing warplanes to stay out of the range of enemy air defenses.

The Saudis will purchase 650 of the Boeing-manufactured SLAM-ERs and 973 Raytheon-made JSOWs, as well as other missiles. They are to pay $6.8 billion for the hardware, parts, training and logistical support.

The United Arab Emirates is due to buy $4 billion worth of weaponry, including the bunker buster bombs, 300 SLAM-ERs and 1,200 JSOW missiles.

Back in April, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to sell $10 billion worth of arms to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This week’s announcement details the munitions that the Gulf monarchies are seeking.

The arms sale is expected to prompt renewed criticism from human rights groups and opponents of rulers in both Gulf states, which have cracked down on internal dissent and backed repression by Egypt’s military-backed leadership.

The United States recently scaled back its military assistance to Egypt in the wake of a military coup that ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Congress has 30 days to block the sale but most lawmakers have endorsed previous weapons deals with the Gulf countries.

Voice of Russia, RT, AFP

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  1. rosemerry
    October 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Someone must know-please answer: surely bunker buster bombs are illegal under the NPT, which the USA, of course, would strictly adhere to. Why can they be produced, used and even sold as reported here?

  2. October 22, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Big bOmBs, big holes-in-ground…at least the NSDU-238 (not-so-depleted ur-238) was not sold inside those lil heavy-weights that demand too-much-oils-to-move and dissuade into use!

    Truman Capote wouldsay “sh*t oh dear”…

    “R” does say “Heinousness is or is not Highnessness” (shidski)!

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