U.S. Approves Sale of $1.87 Billion in Munitions to Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The U.S. State Department this week approved the sale of $1.87 billion in munitions and precision guidance kits to Israel to improve the capability of existing systems and make it easier for U.S. and Israeli military forces to work together.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements and oversees foreign military sales, notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the proposed deal. It said the main contractors would include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon.

It said Israel had requested a possible sale of 14,500 KMU-556C/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits built by Boeing to convert “dumb bombs” and make them precision guided weapons, as well as assorted bombs, missiles and other munitions.

Lawmakers have 15 days to block the potential sale, but such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted before Congress is formally notified.