21 Oct 2010

US to sell arms to Saudi Arabia

2:12 pm on 21 October 2010

The United States plans to sell up to $US60 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia, including helicopters and jets.

The state department said details of the deal had been sent to Congress, which now has 30 days to object, the BBC reports.

If completed, it could be the most lucrative single arms deal in US history and could support 75,000 jobs.

An American government official says he is confident the sale will not undermine the security of Israel which is traditionally wary of arms sales to nearby Arab countries.