$11 Billion Dollar Bunker Buster Deal

Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies
in $11bn deal
Published time: October 18, 2013 08:50
Edited time: October 18, 2013 09:27

GBU-39 SDB (Small Diameter Bomb)GBU-39 SDB (Small Diame

The Pentagon plans to sell $10.8 billion worth of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The hardware includes bunker buster bombs and cruise missiles.

The planned deal includes shipping 1,000 GBU-39/B bombs to Saudi Arabia and 5,000 to the UAE, AFP reports. 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 sophisticated 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.

 

An F/A-18E "Super Hornet" strike-fighter launches a Stand-Off Land Attack Missile/Extended Range (SLAM/ER), (AFP Photo / US Navy / Cpt. Dana Potts) An F/A-18E “Super Hornet” strike-fighter launches a Stand-Off Land Attack Missile/Extended Range (SLAM/ER), (AFP Photo / US Navy / Cpt. Dana Potts)

 

The planned deal will be the first time the US delivers the sophisticated gliding bombs and missiles to the region.

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.

DoD officials informed the Congress of the planned deal last week. Legislators have 30 days to block the sale, but this is unlikely to happen considering the US’ previous weapon deals with its Gulf allies.

In 2011, the US signed a $29.4 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to sell 84 Boeing-made F-15 jets and upgrade 70 planes already owned by the kingdom. The Obama administration has also sold the UAE an anti-missile system called the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.

The deal comes amid a period of rapprochement between the US and its long-time Middle Eastern foe Iran. Tehran and Washington have made a number of moves which may indicate a swift resolution to the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions the US imposed over it.

The development has unnerved America’s autocratic allies in the region, which see Iran as their main regional rival. The weapons deal may be seen as Washington’s gesture to boost confidence in Riyadh and other Gulf capitals.

Comments (21)

Mark Roman 18.10.2013 12:37

When Saudi Arabia and Israel strike Iran, the U.S. and Russia will not get involved, at least not overtly.

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Richard Rittenburg 18.10.2013 12:37

not very smart to sell UAE or Saudi a self guided missile system that can land within a few inches of target.

I doubt this is a real deal. I think it is leverage so that Iran will agree to a UN nuclear deal. I think Japan must have something similar. Japan can build all the reactors they want but do not build any weapons. If Japan process had loopholes then China would have complained by now.

Mark Roman 18.10.2013 12:35

 

Kevin mcHugh 18.10.2013 12:22

With a peace process still in its infancy, it is almost as though the USA does not want any peace to work at all. In fact, they are preparing for WAR!!!

  

Yo u are correct, Kevin. President Obama does not want Iran to have a nuclear weapon, so he is going to supply Saudi Arabia and Israel with the weapons to strike Iran.

This is no secret.

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hawaiiguy 18.10.2013 12:32

Dear Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE we are writing to congratulate you, you have qualified for our “November to Remember” sale. You are guaranteed the best prices on depleted uranium bunker busters, cluster bombs, sarin warheads etc. Again thanks for shopping with WarMart, SMH!
Iran your still in violation of something we accused you of so this sale doesn’t apply, sorry.
prices valid 11/01-11/15, not valid in any sane M/E or North African countries.

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Mark Roman 18.10.2013 12:32

 

Numinous Owl 18.10.2013 12:08

Considering the geographical proximity to Iran, and the fact that these can be used against us, this is a stupid idea. #BadMove

  

Nu minous Owl, that is what they are intended for. To be used against Iran. Did you believe they are meant for another country?

Kevin mcHugh 18.10.2013 12:22

For the Pentagon to sell almost eleven billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry to the Saudis and the UAE is not only an act of unbelievable stupidity and recklessness but also an act of AGGRESSION!! Both these countries have vast stockpiles of arms. With a peace process still in its infancy, it is almost as though the USA does not want any peace to work at all. In fact, they are preparing for WAR!!!

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Paldo 18.10.2013 12:22

Saudi and UAE are the new terrorists in the region funding and supplying lethal weapons including chemical weapons to the jihadists in Syria.

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Numinous Owl 18.10.2013 12:08

Considering the geographical proximity to Iran, and the fact that these can be used against us, this is a stupid idea. #BadMove

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Mark Roman 18.10.2013 12:04

 

RT News 18.10.2013 11:41

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.

Th e 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. .

  

L ooks like Iran has a bigger problem, and it is not Israel and not the U.S.

Go figure.

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Mark Roman 18.10.2013 12:01

 

Anemos 18.10.2013 10:57

That purchase makes no sense. Gulf monarchies are not able to fight a foreign enemy, their armies are weak and they lack any experience or true corp d´esprit.

The thing that will cripple them in the future, internal uprisings, can´t be fought with bunker busters

Gre at deal for Raytheon!

  

These bunker busters, cruise missiles are for use against Iran.

Mark Roman 18.10.2013 11:58

Just when you thought Israel was going to be on their own striking Iran,stopping them from developing nuclear weapons, the plan changes. Looks like it will be Saudi Arabia using these “bunker busters, cruise missiles” against Iran. Saudi Arabia working WITH Israel against Iran.

Steve n Duplesia is not going to like this.

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