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The Trump Administration's proposed amount of major U.S. arms sales in 2018 falls short of 2017 by $4 billion, moving from $82 billion in 2017 to $78 billion in 2018. The bulk of the proposed arms sales are going to countries in the Europe and Eurasia region and for miltiary aircraft and engines. Check out our new fact sheet for more details.

U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump administration total over $48B.

U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump administration total over $48B.

Since the start of Fiscal Year 2016 the United States has authorized at least $20.5 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This fact sheet provides an overview of each authorized sale.

The debate over the recent U.S. offer to sell M1A2 Abrams battle tanks to Saudi Arabia has raised the question of Saudi dependency on U.S. equipment for its defense needs in general and for the prosecution of its war in Yemen in particular. Saudi Arabia has requested up to 153 tanks, 20 of which have been described by the Pentagon as being destined to replenish vehicles damaged in the war in Yemen. The deal also includes related equipment, including machine guns, grenade launchers, night vision devices, and ammunition.

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