Pentagon seeks to sell $647 million of munition tail kits to Israel
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress Monday of its interest in selling Israel 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits made by Boeing for the sum of $647 million, according to a DSCA news release Dec. 10.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said Israel had requested to buy the 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits and thousands of other bombs.
The DSCA says in the release that 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.
The foreign arms sales agency also said the proposed sale of munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
CBS News reports that U.S. lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such an action is rare since weapons sales are usually carefully vetted before Congress is formally notified.