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U.S. Lawmakers Raise Doubts on Sale of Smart Bombs to Saudi Arabia

A group of U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they had requested more information from President Donald Trump’s administration about the potential sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, expressing concern about civilian casualties in Riyadh’s campaign in Yemen that delayed the deal last year. Thirty mostly Democratic lawmakers signed the letter to U.S. Secretary of […]

State Department Approves $37 Million Sale of JDAM Guided Bombs to Kuwait

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits and related equipment, and support. The estimated cost is $37 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 20, […]

General Dynamics Awarded $39 Million to Provide Mk82 and Mk84 Bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, and France

General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas, was awarded a $39,258,206 modification (P0004) to foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, France and Iraq) W52P1J-13-D-0050 for MK82-1 bomb bodies (162); MK82-6 bomb bodies (7,245); and MK84-10 bomb bodies (9,664), being bought in support of Air Force and Navy requirements.  Work will […]

State Department Approves $785 Million Sale of Guided Munitions to the UAE

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for munitions, sustainment, and support. The estimated cost is $785 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 15, 2016. The Government of the United Arab Emirates […]

Senators Seek Halt to US Bomb Sales for Saudi War

Two senators on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee are pressing ahead with their fight to limit American bomb sales to Saudi Arabia in protest for Riyadh’s conduct of its military intervention in Yemen’s civil war. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would bar US sales […]

State Department Approves $1.29 Billion Sale of Air-to-Ground Munitions to Saudi Arabia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia for air-to-ground munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.29 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 13, 2015. […]

State Department Approves $380 Million Sale of JDAM Guided Bombs to the UAE

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $380 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale […]

State Department Approves $70 Million Sale of JDAM Guided Bombs to Turkey

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $70 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 28, 2015. The […]

The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]