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US ponders weapons sales to Israel as UK faces calls to halt exports

4th April 2024 - 17:14 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The new weapons and systems would help Israel maintain its military edge in the Middle East by deterring and potentially responding to future threats. (Photo: US DoD)

Amid calls for restraint in arms sales, the US has been reviewing an $18 billion deal with Israel, including F-15 fighters and air-to-air missiles. The UK has also been facing pressure to cease exports over potential violations of international law in the Gaza conflict.

A US$18 billion sale that would include F-15 fighters, air-to-air missiles and guidance kits for Israel has been under review by the US Government amid calls grow to withhold and halt arms export from the US and the UK.

Israel formally requested 25 F-15EX jets from the US in early 2023, but Boeing has been refraining from discussions with the country’s MoD due to the conflict with Gaza, company officials told Shephard previously. The sale under review would double the jet order to 50. The deal would also include 30 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missiles and several Joint Direct Attack

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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