US Hawking F-15s to Saudis
For the paltry sum of $29.4B
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 5:32 AM CST
A US F-15 jet performs during MAKS-2011, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 16, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As Iran continues its saber-rattling, the US is responding by beefing up the military might of a regional ally. The Obama administration will announce the sale of $29.4 billion in F-15s to Saudi Arabia, sources tell the AP, in a deal for 84 new jets and upgrades to 70 existing ones. The fighter jets are part of an overarching $60 billion arms deal Washington cut last year with the Saudis, which also includes helicopters, missiles, bombs, and radar systems.