Pentagon Announces $5 Billion
The sale will also include 30 F-15Is built by Boeing Aerospace of St. Louis, MO. The F-15 is the U.S. Air Forces primary air-superiority fighter. Each of the F-15Is will be outfitted with the LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night) pods, as will 30 of the F-16s.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East, according to the Pentagon. Israel needs both aircraft to augment its present operational inventory and to enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability.
The proposed sales include support equipment, training, specialized radars, night vision goggle-compatible cockpits, the capability to support assorted AIM-120 and AIM-9 missiles and a wide variety of air-to-surface munitions, the statements said.