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A look at proposed Bush administration arms sales to Saudi, Gulf states

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Posted: January 14, 2008 6:55 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
    The Bush administration announced its intention on Monday to sell $123 million worth of sophisticated, precision-guided bomb technology to Saudi Arabia as part of a larger arms package to the country and its Gulf neighbors, estimated to total $20 billion. Congress has 30 days to lodge objections to the sale.
    The notification was the sixth to be made since December under the administration’s Gulf Security Dialogue proposals to boost the defenses of friendly Arab nations, particularly with an eye toward containing Iranian ambitions in the region. The deadline for congressional approval of more than $11.5 billion in sales has already passed.
    According to the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the earlier proposed sales of advanced U.S. weaponry, which are subject to final purchase orders, include:
    —A total of $9.763 billion to the United Arab Emirates for a Patriot missile system, ‘‘various munitions and weapon systems,’’ and upgrades and refurbishment of E-2C early warning aircraft.
    —A total of $1.691 billion to Kuwait for precision missiles, missile upgrades and upgrades to its Patriot missile ground support system.
    —A total of $743 million to Saudi Arabia for Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, AWACS aircraft upgrades, sniper target pods and associated equipment and services.

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