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  1. SBD-3

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    August 12, 2010: The U.S. has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 F-15s. These are special models, similar to the two-seater F-15E, and unlike the single seat F-15s the Saudis already have. Israel protested selling the Saudis such advanced bomber technology, but the U.S. worked this out via secret discussions. The Saudi "F-15SA" will be similar to the South Korean version of the F-15E, the F-15K. This is a customized version of the 36 ton U.S. F-15E (a two seat fighter bomber version of the single seat, 31 ton F-15C fighter). Already in service for twenty years, the F-15E can carry up to 11 tons of bombs and missiles, along with a targeting pod and an internal 20mm cannon. The Saudi F-15SA sale is part of a larger, $30 billion arms deal. The Saudis would begin receiving their new F-15SAs in about four years.
    The F-15E is an all weather aircraft that can fly one-way up to 3,900 kilometers. It uses in-flight refueling to hit targets anywhere on the planet. For the Saudis this means they can keep these bombers in the air longer, searching for targets. Smart bombs make the F-15E particularly efficient. The backseater handles the electronics and bombing.

    The F-15E remains a potent air-superiority fighter, making it an exceptional combat aircraft. This success prompted Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Singapore to buy it, paying about $100 million per aircraft. In the U.S. Air Force, the F-15E is one of the most popular aircraft for combat pilots to fly, even more so than the new F-22.

    Saudi Arabia, and other Arab Gulf states (the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq) have more than tripled their purchases of American weapons over the last five years, as they strive to protect themselves from an increasingly aggressive and hostile Iran.
     
  2. nomi007

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    i think Saudi must to purchase su-35 & jf-17 thunders to increase its strength
     
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    Well, Saudis Can Buy LCA tejas and F-35 to Increase its fleet strength :D
     
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    link? Hasn't this been discussed earlier?
     
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    Iraq? plz do explain do they even have an economy left to buy arms... :what:

    Hows Iran being aggressive and hostile towards those three countries someone please explain. :/ :undecided:
     
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    Yes sir, Iraq has just made a deal for Vipers. UAE seems heading Rafale's way and RSAF is all set for typhoon and Eagle combo.....I Think Iran is much to be blamed for not being able to project itself as a friend of Arabs.....I honestly think that it could have taken some solid steps for extending a warm hand towards Arabs.....Iran is projecting its power in the region via Syria and Hizbullah...but should send a clear message of friendliness towards Arabs
     
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    I wonder how Iran has been aggressive and hostile to UAE, Kuwait and Iraq.
     
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    well its pretty complicated.....I think it is because Iran has itself done nothing to remove such fears......