White House Approves Jet Sales to Gulf States

The White House has approved the sale of US fighter jets to Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) confirmed to Defense News the Obama Administration approved the deal that reportedly includes up to 72 F-15E Strike Eagles for Qatar, 40 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets for Kuwait, and an unknown number of F-16s for Bahrain. In July, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported the Gulf state sales—including the base deals of 36 F-15s to Qatar for $4 billion and 24 F/A-18E/Fs to Kuwait for $3 billion— had been stalled for over a year. The relevant Congressional committees will now review the sales, which have already been approved by the Pentagon and State Department. (See also: Building Capacity With Partners and Allies.)