The US-Saudi arms deal was a massive arms deal between the world's largest arms supplier i.e the United States and the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which took place in the year 2010 a deal that was described as "The Largest US Arms Sale Ever".
|Saudi F-15 Jet Fighters|
It was for the sale of 262 advanced american made jet fighters and helicopters worth US$ 60 billion to Saudi. The military aircraft agreed to be supplied in the deal were:
- 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter jets and upgrading of 70 existing Saudi F-15s
- 70 Boeing Apache attack helicopters
- 36 Boeing AH-6M Little Bird light weight helicopters often used in special operations
- 72 Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky Aircraft
|Saudi Apache Attack Helicopter|
This billion dollar arms deal was designed to stretch out over a period of between 10 - 20 years depending on production schedules, training and infrastructure improvements and on the following year 2011, Saudi Arabia paid its first installment of US$ 30 billion to buy half of the goods agreed in the deal.
|Saudi Black Hawk Helicopter|
Negotiations between both countries also took place for a second arms deal worth $30 billion dollars for the upgrade and expansion of Saudi Arabia's Naval Force and Missile Defenses. The second deal was to include:
- The sale of littoral combat ships which are small surface vessels intended for operations close to the shore
- The sale of Terminal High Altitude Defense - THAAD ballistic-missile defense system built by Lockheed Martin which shoots down short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles both inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere
- The upgrade of existing Saudi's Patriot Missiles which counter the threat of rockets
|THAAD Missile Launch|