viernes, 18 de octubre de 2013

Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies

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 650 sophisticated Standoff Land Attack Extended Range (SLAM-ER) and 973 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) cruise missiles. The planned deal will be the first time the US delivers the sophisticated gliding bombs and missiles to the region.

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