Raytheon Company signed a contract on Saturday worth USD 475 million with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the combat-proven Paveway family of precision-guided munitions.
“Raytheon’s Paveway family of weapons provides the warfighter unmatched precision and standoff capability,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. “This sale is the latest chapter in Raytheon’s four decade-long commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and regional security in the Arabian Gulf.”
“By using many of our usual suppliers to produce Paveway subcomponents, the contract keeps Americans employed,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Supply Chain Management at RMS.
Source; ASD News
The US government has a policy of selling advanced weapons to its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf in an effort to deter Iran. But as I’ve said before in this blog, this is a fools errand since the Iranians are convinced that if they die in a war with the “infidels” (and they include Sunni Moslem Arabs as infidels) they will go straight to paradise and they also believe that in order to usher in the 12th Imam who their religion tells them will save humanity, they must set the world on fire by launching wars, and they won’t be deterred from this by Saudi Arabian pilots armed with American bombs, no matter how sophisticated.
Beyond that, at the risk of sounding racist, giving high tech weapons to the Arabs is a waste of time, since their governments have a policy of not allowing the military to become well trained enough to really do their job because that would risk a military takeover of these countries. The Iranians know this, and they also know that these high tech gadgets and weapons will not present a serious threat to them in any case.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
The most likely users of these weapons will be Al-Qaida, if and when it ever manages to take political control over Saudi Arabia, as it has always wanted to do. If that ever happens, these high tech weapons will be far more likely to be used against Israel than Iran.
But like the man said, selling these weapons (part of a vast increase in global production and sales of weapons, despite the global recession) will preserve American jobs , and in this lingering era of global economic pain, that consideration seems to be more important than anything else.
Written by Aaron