Pentagon Plans to Sell $6.7 Billion in Aircraft to Saudi Arabia

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pentagon has announced plans to sell $6.7 billion in military aircraft and other equipment to Saudi Arabia.

The sale would include 20 C-130 cargo planes and five refueling aircraft.

The Pentagon says Saudi Arabia requested the planes. Officials say the sale would contribute to U.S. national security by helping improve the security of a friendly country. They call Saudi Arabia an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The Pentagon also says the Saudi fleet is becoming obsolete and needs modernization.

Congress must approve the sale.