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UPDATED: 12:49, July 29, 2006
U.S. reveals planned arms sale to Arab countries
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The Pentagon on Friday reveal a plan to sell military hardware and service worth up to 4.6 billion U.S. dollars to several Arab countries.

At the core of the plan is the 2.9-billion-dollar deal with Saudi Arabia, involving sales of 58 M1A1 Abrams tanks and a upgrading service for 315 Saudi Abrams tanks, as well as sales of AH-64 Apache helicopters worth 400 million dollars, according to a statement released by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Jordan will get a service of upgrading its 1,000 armored personnel carriers, which is billed at 156 million dollars, while Oman will obtain anti-tank missiles valued at 48 million dollars.

The package also includes sales of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters worth some one billion dollars to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

According to U.S. laws, the Congress has 30 days to decide whether to approve the sale once it is notified.

Two weeks earlier, the Pentagon said it will sell Israel its latest supply of JP-8 aviation fuel valued at up to 210 million dollars to boost capabilities of Israeli warplanes.

The New York Times reported last week that the Bush administration also rushed a delivery of precision-guided bombs requested by Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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