U.S. approves sales of precision bomb kits to Israel

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:06pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday notified Congress that it had approved the sale of nearly 7,000 precision bomb kits built by Boeing Co to Israel in a deal valued at around $647 million that included other munitions.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said Israel had requested to buy 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits and thousands of other bombs.

U.S. lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale although such action is rare since arms sales are usually carefully vetted before they are formally notified.

Boeing builds the JDAM kits. Other contractors include Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Corp, and Raytheon.

The Pentagon said the deal would help Israel maintain the operational capability of the systems it already operates.

"The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability," the agency said in its notification to Congress.

(Reporting By Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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Comments (2)
WillShirley wrote:
Making sure the Israelis have lots and lots of weapons will certainly make things more peaceful, eh? Yeah and after all we make a lot of money killing women and children, so why stop now?

Dec 14, 2012 10:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
OntheBalcony wrote:
This is an indirect subsidy to the U.S. “Military-Industrial” complex which makes billions of dollars from wepon sales and it benefits them and perhaps the U.S. economy as much if not much more than it benefits Israel or peace. The people in the U.S. who worry about handguns would do better to look at the U.S.’s leading role in the international arms industry. Israel doesn’t need the help –although the U.S. certainly wants, if not needs, the assistance Israel offers through its own inventiveness, (e.g. compare the efficiency of the Patriot Missles system with Israel’s rocket defense system. ) Personally, it is time for the West to stop all sales of weapons to countries that have little real need for them.

Dec 14, 2012 9:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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