May 20, 2017 / 12:22 PM / a year ago

US-Saudi arms deal includes plan to assemble 150 Blackhawks in Saudi Arabia: official

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

RIYADH (Reuters) - A U.S.-Saudi arms deal to be signed on Saturday includes a pledge to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters in Saudi Arabia, an official statement about the deal said.

The $6 billion deal for Blackhawks is expected to result in about 450 jobs in Saudi Arabia, the statement said.

Reporting by Steve Holland, editing by Louise Heavens

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