This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iran And Saudi Arabia

Tyler Durden's picture

War, what's it good for?

Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-industrial complex. Profits which mean the shareholders of America's arms manufacturers get even richer.

Which is why following months of middle-eastern sabre ratling and numerous quasi-wars already raging in the region, moments ago the U.S. State Department approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in "a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet."

MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

According to Reuters, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified lawmakers on Thursday about the possible arms sale, which has been discussed for years.

The Saudi government had requested a sale of the 10 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp and Lockheed, as well as radars, missiles and other equipment, the agency said.

Why do the Saudis need a modernization of their already state of the art weapons?

The proposed sale would improve Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats from enemy weapons systems, as well as secondary missions such as vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.


"Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense," the agency said.

In other words, the Saudis, by funding ISIS, are creating the very "regional threat" (which recently has launched numerous false flag attacks against the same Saudi Arabia to provie the cover for needing such a modernization) that they need to wage war against.

But wait, there's more!

Because just to make sure the same vendors of lethal equipment have happy repeat customers, the Pentagon also announced a $1.9 billion deal with Israel to supply 3,000 Hellfire precision missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 GBU-39 small diameter bombs and 50 BLU-113 bunker buster bombs. The order also includes 14,500 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions for 220kg and 900kg bombs and a variety of Paveway laser-guided bomb kits according to RT.

Bunker buster bomb in moment of deployment

Wait, wasn't the US said to have tarnished its relations with Israel in recent months following various diplomatic snubs by Netanyahu and Obama? Well, it was all for show: according to Israeli media deal is seen as "compensation" for the rapprochement between Iran and the US.

Curiously, this is precisely what we wrote two weeks ago in "Obama's Real Motive Behind The Iran Deal: A Backdoor Channel To Sell Weapons To Saudi Arabia" only we can now add Israel in the mix.

“The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs," the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, adding that the new contract is meant to“replenish”Israel's arsenal without supplying the country with any kind of new weapons.


In November 2014 it was reported that Pentagon was going to supplying Israel with 3,000 smart bombs, similar to those used by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza last summer, where an estimated 100 tons of munitions were dropped.

So "modernizing" the Saudi arsenal and "replenishing" that of Israel.

In other words, Obama's warming up to Iran was nothing but a back door diplomatic loophole to arm Iran's "threatened" neighbors in the region. Just as we forecast.

As for the beneficiaries, once again there is no question: the main contractors to fulfill the lucrative Israeli arms deal will be Boeing, Ellwood National Forge, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Missile Systems, AFP reported.

But wait, there is even more!

Because, just in case arming Israel and Saudi Arabia with sophisticated modern weaponry isn't enough to assure of a full on war in the coming weeks as the balance of power in the middle east once again shifts dramatically, the US - to really make sure America's MIC has even more happy repeat customers, will also deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State.

Soldier firing AT-4 anti tank rocket

Wait, anti-tank bombs to counter suicide bombers? Apparently yes:

Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the delivery would help Iraq defend against approaching suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives, attacks used by Islamic State militants last weekend to help them seize Ramadi from Iraqi forces. "This is a good counter to that (type of bombing)," Warren said.


Warren said the anti-tank weapons would allow the Iraqi forces to destroy approaching suicide car bombers at a distance. Relying on small arms requires disabling the engine or killing the driver, which can be difficult, he said.

And all of this why? So that the Saudis and Iran can "fight" against a Saudi-funded ISIS force, while Israel has "defensive" weapons against an Iran which may become a threat to Israel because of its recently friendly relations with the US.

Or, to conclude with the same summary we provided two weeks ago when predicting this outcome:

In other words, we have, for the past few years, been on the edge of a razor thin Middle Eastern balance of power equilibrium which prevented any one nation or alliance from garnering an outsized influence of military power.


All of that is about to change the moment the MIC figurehead known as president Obama greenlights the dispatch of billions of dollars in fighters, drones, missile batteries, and surveillance equipment to Saudi Arabia and its peers, in the process dramatically reshaping the balance of power status quo and almost certainly leading to yet another middle eastern war which will inevitably drag in not only Israel and Russia at least in a proxy capacity, but ultimately, the US as well.


Just as the US military industrial complex wanted.


Because as every Keynesian fanatic will tell you: in a world saturated by debt, and where organic growth is no longer possible, there is only one remaining option.



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buzzsaw99's picture

in the case of izreel "give" would be moar accurate


Peace bombs for all. The end. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Isn't a suicide tank bomber an oxymoron ?

hedgeless_horseman's picture





I saw one of these Russian Mobile Missile Launchers on a flatbed truck on I-45 heading South into Houston, Texas, this morning.  Probably heading to the port from Ft Hood.  It was painted identically to the one in the image above, and in excellent condition.  It did not have any US markings on it, and was being hauled by a commercial semi.

The RMML-3A was developed in coordination with the Asirstan AeroCorps Missile division. The RMML-3A is a replacement to the long out dated RMML-2 which suffered from being under-gunned (or under missile-d) with a short range. With the development of the new Nova Defender Radar or NDR the concept of a new long range mobile missile platform was conceived. As Rusikstan Industrial Armories had little experience in a pure missile platform they turned to the dominant missile platform producer the Asirian AeroCorps Missile Division. In turn they provided specifications for a long range missile platform with adequate fire power designated the Asirstan Long Range Missile Platform or ALRM-P. Designers at the RIA then began to improve the design. Originally it incorporated only a 6 missile system but this was upgraded to a 12 missile system. The radar was also upgraded to the NDR system.

The RMML-3A is by a Rusikstan 6V60TI diesel power block that produces 250hp at 3000rpm.Top speed can range up to 55 mph. The RMML-3A NDR system can track multiple targets of various size at once at a range of 350 miles. The RMML-3A is armed with Rusikstan Ground-to-Air Missiles Model-2 advanced variant or RGAM-2A, which incorporates the Air Target Tracking or ATT which can lock onto a target within 75 miles of its internal radar which allows the missile to track targets long after the target has left the range of NDR.

Weight: 28 tons
Length: 23ft
Height: 8.4ft
Width: 10ft

Price of Rusikstan Mobile Missile Launcher Model 3 Variant A: 2.2 million USD/NSD
Price of Rusikstan Ground-to-Air Missiles Model-2 advanced variant: 5x 1 million USD/NSD

Bullish for False Flags!

Bearish for Malaysian Airlines.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Bullish for False Flags!

Yep, that Russian mobile missile launcher was probably on its way to an airbase rendezvous with a Ukrainian Antonov transport plane for a trip to Dnepropetrovsk. Its role as a stage prop means that NATO General Philatio Manlove will finally get his picture of a Russian Invasion® to post to twitter.

BTW, this article's headline mentions US arms sales to Iran, but there's nothing about it in the body of the article. Are the US arms being sent to Iran via an Israeli backchannel like they did for the Iran-Contra project?

hedgeless_horseman's picture




Bullish for False Flags!

What would Cramer do?

Buy this basket...



Then get to the bunker.   

BurningFuld's picture

This only makes sense caus' they can't kill each other with no weapons.

Deathrips's picture

Yeah..and if Canada doesnt buy the weapons that were given to Israel to use on Iran.....its racist.

Why the fuck did i look at cbc....?



MonetaryApostate's picture

There is only one side to be on in wars.....   THE PROFITEERING SIDE! :D

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Saudi Arabia and Israel, huh?  Almost like they run US foreign policy, no?

Majestic12's picture

"US Sells"?


How can you call is a "sale", when the US gives Israel $4billion a year to pay for it?

I's a direct US taxpayer payment to the MIC....moar welfare for Nazi, corporate assholes.

I guess, we'all also call it "GDP"?

It's GAAP, right?

SmittyinLA's picture

I remember the Israelis claimed to have lost a whole bunch of "scrap" F16 engines (they're supposed to return the cores), they claimed the engines were accidentally scrapped by recyclers like aluminum cans, Jose' picked them up.

About a year later Iran was running night bombing operations with their previously "grounded for lack of parts" American airplanes.  

Jews are exempt from US trade laws, ask Jamie Gorelick and Schlumberger.

Israelis have never honored American sactions or trade laws even on nuclear materials, they were behind the Iran bomb before the shah fell, they got their own gig and it aint America. 


Monty Burns's picture

Papers released after the fall of the USSR reveal that  Israel was selling them the most advanced American armaments that had been given free to Israel. At the height of the Cold War.

Some ally.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Not a HIMARS or MLRS of USA. Looks like MLRS.

- M993 is a derivative of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle chassis, The HIMARS utilizes the same pod as the M270 MLRS uses, mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



No. It was a RMML-3A exactly as I described.  Have I ever lied to you in 5+ years?

MonetaryApostate's picture

I used to be proud to be an American................................................... :(

Paveway IV's picture

I use to be fine flying on Malaysian Airways.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Looks very close to MLRS which went into service in 1983 aprox.

- Amazing that the USSR & USA shared ideas like that, though I don't know the capabilities of either
- I can't tell models from each other since I don't know the chassis, axle, accessories of this kind of thing.

Basically an RMML is a platform. You can put many different things on it. That would include some state of the air warhead I suppose.

Most Americans would mistake the RMML 3-A for MLRS.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Hedgeless,

Thank you for the post. You've been MIA.

YHC-FTSE's picture

"Bullish for False Flags!"

Those filthy disgusting bastards. I have little doubt about the veracity of Hedgeless's assertions - in the years I have read ZH, he has been an excellent source of information. Since this was a purely accidental sighting, one has to wonder just how many other Russian/Chinese models of military hardware have escaped the notice of the public being trundled around the world from US bases for false flag purposes.

It's stuff like this and open secrets like WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas run out of Fort Benning that make me question the sanity of the whole system of governments, finance, and the MIC which elevate the psychopaths and megalomaniacs into positions of power and influence. It also makes me question my own ethos about non-participation and non-violence as an effective form of protest against them.

This information has to get out into the public domain to prevent another airliner full of innocent people getting murdered for the sake of some sick geopolitical expediency.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Israel is getting 50) BLU-113 penetrators which would be a good number for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities....

Paveway IV's picture

Or Palestinian kindergarden kids hiding in their school's basement during an Israeli AF attack. 

Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) KnuckleDragger-X May 22, 2015 12:09 PM

Iran has every right to engage in civilian nuclear research under the NPT.

After 20 years of crying wolf, it should be obvious to non ziopaths that the nuclear issue is a ruse.

Dimona: Israel’s “Little Hiroshima”

The Russians ought to explicitly put Iran under their nuclear umbrella [which further removes the incentive to get one after years of US and Israeli threats and assassinations - all done with ZERO proof of an active nuclear weapons program].

They should outright tell Israel that an attack on Iran will be met with a nuclear strike.

The only way to deal with a mad dog is to put a shot gun to its fucking head.

Paveway IV's picture

I believe Russia did warn the U.S. that an attack on Syria or Iran would be considered an attack on 'the security interests of Russia' or something like that. China had also said as much. In both cases, the rhetoric was one step down from considering such an attack as 'a direct attack on Russia/China', but it was enough to make Obama pull back from the bombing of Syria.

Israel has pissed off Russian numerous times over the last few decades. Russia sees them as useful at times, but annoying and downright dangerous at others. I can't see any reason Russia would ever consider the actions of Israel independently of the U.S., i.e., an Israeli attack on Iran would be treated as a U.S. attack on Russian security interests. Israel has used this fact many times in the past to extort more weapons and aid from the U.S.

Tarshatha's picture

"The only way to deal with a mad dog (Isreal) is to put a shot gun to its fucking head."

Fuck yeah.

Sadly, I can only up vote you once.



Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Everything was technically sold, it's just the US taxpayer who bought them in many cases. Just like when the Syrian Arab Army recently seized a dearth of AT-4s from what we would refer to here as Al_Quaeda.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Everything was technically sold, it's just the US taxpayer who bought them in many cases.

But of course! Most US foreign aid isn't for things like clean water, malaria treatment, and building schools. It's mostly gift certificates for making purchases from America's biggest welfare queens (Boeing, Ellwood National Forge, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, DynCorp, et al.).

But hey, might as well keep churning out the feelgood TV commercials because, in the end, It's All About The Children©.

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Not only are they taxpayer funded buuuut the 'money' that Israel paid with it was probably the aid money we give them on a monthly basis. Fuckin' shell game

JRobby's picture


What Kabuki on a never before seen scale.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire's picture

I'd like to give bombs to Bibi.  Dropped from a plane.

cnmcdee's picture

R U Fucking Serious? So they funded terrorists in Yemen and now Saudi Arabia buys Billions in armanent to fight them?

Stoploss's picture

Yeah, they use our shit against us that we supply them = GDP pop and bastard drop.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Sell weapons to both side of a war. Classic US government tactic.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Rothschild War Tactic. Asymmetric Warfare against Peons, Governments, Royalty.

- Looks like this became the English Way
- That is why George Orwell, pseudonym, knew about it

BullyBearish's picture

Same people selling you twinkies, soda and cheeseburgers are selling you Lipitor, stents and bypasses

TeethVillage88s's picture

This is what Democracy Looks like - Chant by OWS

- why make expensive new Treaties unless it is a total Fraud meant to transfer wealth and power to the few Wealthy.

Treaty providing for the renunciation of war as
an instrument of national policy.
Signed at Paris August 27, 1928.
Entered into force July 24, 1929.
46 Stat. 2343; TS 796; 2 Bevans 732; 94 LNTS 57.
Saudi Arabia
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
United Kingdom
United States

** Big Inconsistency **

AND OBSERVERS in Section 1)
Agreement concerning United States participa­
tion in the Multinational Force and Observers
established by Egypt and Israel. Exchanges of
letters at Washington August 3, 1981.
Entered into force August 3, 1981.
TIAS 10556.
United States

rwe2late's picture


 Youfalsely portray the situation in Yemen.

Both the US and the Saudis supported the repressive and subservient government that the Yemenis overthrew. The Yemenis are NOT trying to establish a religiously extremist regime.

The only "extremists" are the US and its proxy, Saudi Arabia,
who are attempting to brutally restore their control by installing another stooge government in Yemen.
The MSM attempt to portray the Saudis as fighting "extremists" would be laughable if were not both tragic and preposterous.

Jameson18's picture

Ha Ha sold to Israel you mean gave to Israel.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The policy of arming, funding & training terror Al CIA duh organizations via whole sale Countries will not end.

Not even after the redacted 28 pages implicating Saudi Arabia in the 911 attacks. Why is it everyone & their mothers now what's in the 28 pages yet the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. will not release the intelligence?


HowdyDoody's picture

It's worse than tat. The Israelis didn't want them so we had to pay them to take the goods.

Mike Ochisbent's picture

Pure Neo-con kabuki theater. We "sell" $1.9B of arms to the tribe and they "pay" us. {snicker snicker} And the merchants of death pour another round of scotch. "L'Chaim!"

Dumgoy's picture
Dumgoy (not verified) May 22, 2015 10:29 AM

Israel doesn't pay for anything it gets from anybody, but chalk it up as a sale if it can fluff the numbers.

Clarabell's picture

"Israel doesn't pay for anything..." is right:

"The Congressional Research Service’s report 'U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,' written by Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, dated April 11, 2014. According to this report, the Obama Administration gave $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014. In addition, the U.S contributed $504 million to the joint U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Program during FY 2014. If we include that number, American taxpayers give Israel $9.9 million per day."

Pay your taxes suckers. This is where the money goes!

Monty Burns's picture

The Holocau$t entitles them to this. Oy vey,the sufferink....

insanelysane's picture

And pretty soon we'll outfit the unemployed coal miners with uniforms and send them over there.

H. Perowne's picture

Because, hey, "in the long run we are all dead . . ."

JustObserving's picture

China is now the world's third largest exporter of weapons and growing fast.  The weaker ruble has boosted Russian weapon sales.

What is the world coming to if the Nobel Prize Winner is no longer the dominant seller of death and destruction?

China’s exports of weapons rose by a 143% between 2010 and 2014, making the world’s second largest economy the third largest arms exporter behind Russia and top dog the U.S.