debkafile: The 200 American AMRAAM air-to-air missiles on sale to Israel designed for F-15 and F-16 warplanes in IAF use
The most advanced medium-range air-to-air weapon of its kind, a single burst can be directed at several targets, debkafile‘s military sources report. Their sale was announced by the Pentagon along with 30 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 500 AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in a transaction worth $334 million. Congress has 30 days to negative the sales. The Pentagon also announced the possible sale to Israel of $308 million worth of JP-8 aviation fuel for its aircraft and diesel fuel for its ground forces.
debkafile‘s sources add: This is the first American sale of fuel for supplementing the strategic reserves of the Israeli air force and armored divisions against any war contingency. Israeli military planners estimate that in the event of hostilities erupting between Israel and Iran and Syria, the IAF, its missile and air defense units will bear the brunt of combat. The prices of the fuel offered by Washington are substantially below world levels.
The Pentagon statement includes also the proposed sale of kits valued at $847 million for M1 Abrams tanks co-produced by Egypt.