This morning it was reported by al-Jazeera that the U.S. plans to sell arms worth $4.6 billion to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Oman. In the newly proposed sale, battle tanks worth $2.9 billion and AH-64 Apache helicopters worth $400 million will be sold to Saudi Arabia. The UAE would get $808 million worth of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and Bahrain would get $252 million worth. Jordan would get a potential $156 million in upgrades to 1,000 of its M113 A1 armored personnel carriers (APCs). Javelin anti-tank missiles worth $48 million would go to Oman under the deals put forward by the Pentagon's defense security agency, which administers all government-to-government arms sales.
Notices of proposed U.S. arms sales are required by law once they pass certain value thresholds. Congress may block a sale if both houses pass resolutions of disapproval within 30 days of formal notification.