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US set to approve arms package for Israel Worth $1.8 Billion

The State Department published a request for Congressional approval for a possible arms sale to Israel, worth $1.879 billion.

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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale of arms to Israel on May 18, 2015.

The details were sent for congressional review on Tuesday.

A statement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, “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. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and will not change the power balance in the region.”

It notes that Israel “already has these munitions in its inventory” and “will have no difficulty absorbing the additional munitions into its armed forces.” The proposed sale of these munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region, ” it says.

The full list of weapons, which includes 750 bunker buster bombs and 3, 000 Hellfire missiles, is as follows:

The majority of the weapons included in the announced package are Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits built by Boeing. Israel requested 14, 500 such tail kits (KMU-556C/B), fitted to general purpose bombs, enabling the fighter planes to target each bomb to a specific target, defined by GPS coordinates. The majority of tail kits are designed for 900 kg (2, 000 lb) Mk-84 bombs. while 4, 000 are designed to fit the smaller, quarter-ton class Mk-82 weapons (500 pounds).

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The ordnance package also include 12, 000 general purpose bombs associated with those kits – including Mk-82, Mk-83 and Mk-84 types. Israel is also producing those bombs in country, at the IMI heavy ordnance plant. The company developed the MPR-500 which has been type qualified by Boeing for the JDAM. The shipment will also include 500 DSU-38A/B Detector Laser Illuminated Target kits, enabling the JDAMs to engage laser-designated moving targets. These weapons can be carried by all of israel’s fighter jets, including the future F-35 expected to arrive in Israel by 2017.

Israel will also receive 4, 100 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), a compact precision guided weapon produced by Boeing, and employed by Israel’s Boeing F-15I strike fighters. These aircraft will also receive 50 deep penetration bombs of the BLU-113 type (GBU-28) and 700 BLU-109 penetrating warheads. The BLU-113 5, 000-pound ‘Bunker Busters’ carry 630 pounds of high explosives, encased in a hard steel shell that can penetrate 20 feet (six meters) of reinforced concrete. The BLU-109 packs 530 pounds (240 kg) of explosives, in a case weighing 1, 927 pounds (874 kg) that can penetrate about six meters of reinforced concrete. These bomb shells are produced by the Ordnance Technical Systems division of General Dynamics (GDOTS)

The BLU-113 is often joined with a laser guidance kit enabling the weapon to strike stationary or moving targets with very high precision. The arms package includes 1, 500 such kits, The BLU-109 is also coupled with a similar laser guidance kit. As part of the new package the IAF will receive 1, 500 Mk-83 Paveway kits and 700 BLU-109 Paveway kits. It will also include the supply of 3, 000 AGM-114K/R Hellfire missiles often used by the AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships, and 250 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, providing the primary interceptor for Israel’s F-16s, F-15s and future F-35. These missiles are produced by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. RobertSkinner1

    May 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    It is against our (USA) law to sell weapons to nuclear nations that have not signed the nuclear non proliferation treaty.  Its also against our law to sell weapons to nations with a history of human rights violations. 
    Supporting BDS should help take money away from AIPAC the Israeli lobby  and help us get people to vote for that will make policy in accordance to our own laws.

  2. hayat21

    May 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    RobertSkinner1 If the American people have your self-awareness of the Mideast, we would not be in the current chaotic situation in Mideast, with Palestinian people oppressed, and suffering miserably because Zionist Israel is prevailing by the doctrine of “might makes right”. Thanks to the U.S. Congress that more weaponry is being given to the Zionist state for more blood shed.

  3. CharlesSmyth

    May 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    The US is obliged to supply Israel with smart munitions, so that the Israelis will not be obliged to rely on the artillery barrages and area bombings which would create the casualties that would be a political problem for the US. It is not the case that the Israelis will simply roll over and cry uncle, in the face of Israel’s enemies, too many of whom, are also the US’ “friends”.

  4. EdwardHuguenin

    May 30, 2015 at 1:59 am

    It’s time we
    let Bibi and the warmongering state of Israel grow up and defend it’s own space. We have
    been its mama since ’48 to the tune of bazillions of dollars. Enough is enough.
    THEY are the ones that used a age old book of nonsense to grab land from the
    Palestinians. Enough already.
    You’ve grown up now, Israel. Make your own bed and stop depending on Mama to
    fight wars for you. Move out of the house and make your own way.

  5. CharlesSmyth

    May 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    EdwardHuguenin Israel already can defend itself on  all fronts. However, to avoid international political fallout, the US wants that defense to be with the least number of casualties on the enemy side. This means that The US is obliged to supply Israel with the weapons that are precise enough to enable that to happen. Also, the US supplies all of Israel’s enemies with weapons, with which they can launch wars on Israel.

  6. Zionism Is Satanic

    May 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons – no question whatsoever,” Netanyahu told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September 12, 2002.
    “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” Ma’ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”
    – Benjamin Netanyahu, quoted in Ha’aretz, “Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel”, April 16, 2008

    U.S. troops would enforce peace under Army study
    The Washington Times
    SEPTEMBER 10, 2001
    Of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, the SAMS [US ARMY School of Advanced Military Studies] officers say: “Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.”

    “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.”
    — US official quoted in Carl Cameron’s Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

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