Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies in $11bn deal

World Events and the Bible

WEB Notes: Amid all the economic news do not loose sight of the coming wars with Syria (Isaiah 17:1) and Iran (Daniel 8). Syria is still engulfed in a war against foreign terrorists funded by the West. This weapon sale hints that these nations will be involved in any attack on Iran. 

(RT) – The Pentagon plans to sell $10.8 billion worth of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The hardware includes bunker buster bombs and cruise missiles.  

The planned deal includes shipping 1,000 GBU-39/B bombs to Saudi Arabia and 5,000 to the UAE, AFP reports. They have air-deployed wings, which allow them to strike targets as far away as 110km. Their warheads can penetrate up to a meter of reinforced concrete.

The planned sale also includes sophisticated Standoff Land Attack Extended Range (SLAM-ER) and Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) cruise missiles. Both are meant for destroying surface targets from a long distance, allowing warplanes to stay out of the range of enemy air defenses.

The Saudis will purchase 650 of the Boeing-manufactured SLAM-ERs and 973 Raytheon-made JSOWs, as well as other missiles. They are to pay $6.8 billion for the hardware, parts, training and logistical support.

The United Arab Emirates is due to buy $4 billion worth of weaponry, including the bunker buster bombs, 300 SLAM-ERs and 1,200 JSOW missiles.

The planned deal will be the first time the US delivers the sophisticated gliding bombs and missiles to the region.

Back in April, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to sell $10 billion worth of arms to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This week’s announcement details the munitions that the Gulf monarchies are seeking.

DoD officials informed the Congress of the planned deal last week. Legislators have 30 days to block the sale, but this is unlikely to happen considering the US’ previous weapon dealswith its Gulf allies.

In 2011, the US signed a $29.4 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to sell 84 Boeing-made F-15 jets and upgrade 70 planes already owned by the kingdom. The Obama administration has also sold the UAE an anti-missile system called the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.

The deal comes amid a period of rapprochement between the US and its long-time Middle Eastern foe Iran. Tehran and Washington have made a number of moves which may indicate a swift resolution to the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions the US imposed over it.

The development has unnerved America’s autocratic allies in the region, which see Iran as their main regional rival. The weapons deal may be seen as Washington’s gesture to boost confidence in Riyadh and other Gulf capitals. – RT: Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies in $11bn deal

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3 thoughts on “Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies in $11bn deal

  1. Brandon,
    Love your referencing of The Bible!!!
    I, personally, feel that Luke 21:20 is also appropriate in these times:”And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed (surrounded) with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”
    The Muslim Brotherhood, with Obama’s help, have surrounded Jerusalem already. Every Country that surrounds (compasses) Israel is being targeted by Obama and Netanyahu (by orders of the shadow government).
    Syria will lead to Iran, but somewhere in this mix Israel will be the target of the armies that are now gathering off-shore and on land, with more coming.

    1. Micheal,

      Thank you, it is very important in understanding the times we live in. The scripture you reference is a very interesting one. I think it will become clearer in the near future. There are more scriptures on this as well, its not just the muslims who will come against Jerusalem…

      When this event takes place we are told of a warning though which is the desolator. Desolation is incorrect from the manuscripts. We are talking about the very appearance of Satan as the Anti-Christ.

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