The U.S. Congress has supported a multibillion-dollar deal to sell fighter jets to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain
The US Congress is going to support a multibillion-dollar deal to sell American fighters to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, told the publication Defence News Chairman of the Senate Committee on foreign relations Republican Bob Corker.
According to Reuters, the U.S. government approved the sale to Qatar and Kuwait batch of fighter produced by Boeing in the amount of about $ 7 billion. It was more than 60 F-15, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-16. Washington previously was forced to postpone the performance of contracts for two years because of objections by Israel, there had feared that the fighters can be used against the country or fall into the hands of extremists.
Defence News says that in Qatar as part of the transaction can be sold 72 fighter F-15E, Qatar – up to 40 heavy F/A-18 E/F, and in Bahrain – not specified number of F-16. According to Reuters, the deal with Bahrain exceeds $ 1 billion.
“I am delighted that we have reached the moment when the notice arrived in Congress. We insisted on this for some time, ” said Corker. – I believe that this sale meets our national interests”. The Pentagon and the state Department has already approved the transaction, and the words of the Senator was viewed as a likely approval from the Congress.
Corker also pointed out that the performance of the contract will allow to load production line for fighters that are no longer in demand in the United States: “a Spillover effect is that production lines remain operational in case they need us in the future. These countries are purchasing equipment that is compatible with ours, giving us the ability to respond to crises when they occur”. (Quoted by TASS.)