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Washington - U.S. Approves Sales Of Precision Bomb Kits To Israel

Published on: December 10, 2012 04:07 PM
By: Reuters
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Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range (JDAM-ER) precision bomb kit (Image: Boeing)Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range (JDAM-ER) precision bomb kit (Image: Boeing)

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday notified Congress that it had approved the sale of nearly 7,000 precision bomb kits built by Boeing Co to Israel in a deal valued at around $647 million that included other munitions.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said Israel had requested to buy 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits and thousands of other bombs.

U.S. lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale although such action is rare since arms sales are usually carefully vetted before they are formally notified.

Boeing builds the JDAM kits. Other contractors include Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Corp, and Raytheon.

The Pentagon said the deal would help Israel maintain the operational capability of the systems it already operates.

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“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the agency said in its notification to Congress.


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 Dec 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM Chelmite Says:

I these work better then the Patriot Missles did

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM qazxc Says:

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Chelmite Says:

I these work better then the Patriot Missles did

The Patriot missile defense system didn't work???

Looks like you picked the correct pen name for yourself!

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 05:37 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Thank you #1 and #2. You made me laugh. (A bomb guidance kit costs $100K?)

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM Wise-Guy Says:

Some people are impossible to please.

You remind me of the bumper-sticker that says:
"Please don't confuse me with the facts. I already made up my mind!"

I hope Obama continues to practice these "tricks"...

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM qazxc Says:

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Wise-Guy Says:

Some people are impossible to please.

You remind me of the bumper-sticker that says:
"Please don't confuse me with the facts. I already made up my mind!"

I hope Obama continues to practice these "tricks"...

I guess Obama also made it illegal to recognize sarcasm.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Sarcasm never works when written. Never.

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