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The United States may sell almost $11 billion worth of air-to-surface bombs and missiles to allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. Defense Department announced Oct. 15.

If Congress does not object to the proposed deals and if the parties can finalize the terms, Saudi Arabia will receive a series of weapons for its F-15SA fighter jets, including 1,000 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), 973 Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) glide bombs, 650 Standoff Land Attack Missiles-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) and 400 Harpoon Block II missiles. The UAE would get 5,000 SDBs, 1200 JSOWs and 300 SLAM-ERs for its F-16 fighters.

In each case, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said “this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability in the Middle East.”

The main contractors for the potential deals would be Boeing and Raytheon.

The department said it formally notified Congress about the proposed sales on Oct. 11.

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