US Approves $290 Million Bomb Sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved a possible military sale of bombs and related equipment to Saudi Arabia amounting to $290 million, the US Department of Defense said on Tuesday.

The US State Department has approved a possible military sale of bombs and related equipment to Saudi Arabia amounting to $290 million, the US Department of Defense said on Tuesday. 

Saudi Arabia has reportedly requested for 3,000 GBU-39 SDB I munitions which also include containers, weapon support, support equipment, spare and repair parts. 

Technical and logistical support services are also part of the proposed sale, according to the Pentagon. 

“This proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic growth in the Middle East,” the department said. 

They added, “The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”

Director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy, William Hartung said, “Selling more bombs to Saudi Arabia given its history of indiscriminate air strikes that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen should be a non-starter. If Congress can’t block it, the Biden administration should do so when it takes office.”


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