The Obama administration has notified Congress informally that it wants to resupply Saudi Arabia with thousands of precision-guided munitions, according to two people familiar with the proposal.
The weapons that would be sold to the Saudis include Joint Direct Attack Munitions with GPS satellite guidance from Boeing Co., one of the U.S.’s most precise weapons, said the people, who asked not to be identified in advance of a formal notification. The first JDAMs for sale to the kingdom were approved in 2008. Also included would be a resupply of Raytheon Co.’s Paveway bombs that the company first sold to the Saudis in 2011.
With Saudi King Salman due to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, the U.S. has pledged to bolster the defenses of Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab nations after signing a nuclear accord with their Shiite rival Iran. The package sent to lawmakers is aimed at replenishing existing weapons, including those used in Saudi airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, and it may presage more advanced systems to be proposed in coming months. […]