Washington to provide Riyadh with thousands of smart bombs
The US plans to sell $1.29 billion worth of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia to replenish inventories depleted by Riyadh's airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Houthi insurgents in Yemen, officials said Monday.
The sale is said to include over 13,000 smart bombs, including Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Paveway laser-guided bombs, and spare parts for upgrading older bombs into precision munitions. Saudi Arabia is one of the main buyers of US weaponry.
The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed the Congress on Friday that it had approved the sale, and lawmakers now have 30 days to decide whether the deal can go forward.