This Small Country Just Landed America's Biggest Weapon Sale in 2014 (Hint: It's Not Israel)

Defense spending cuts? What defense spending cuts?

Qatar isn't buying American tanks -- but with $11 billion to spend, that's about the only thing it is not buying. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Don't look now, but the United States Department of Defense just signed the biggest arms deal of the year, and potentially the biggest arms deal we'll see all year long. Valued at $11 billion, this is just about the biggest purchase of U.S. weapons systems by a foreign buyer since the monster $90 billion arms sale that the United States negotiated with Saudi Arabia back in 2010.

It promises to add billions of dollars of new revenue, and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of pure profit, to the bottom lines at Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) , Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) , and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN  ) . And in the slideshow that follows, we'll tell you all about it.

What they're selling.

Who's selling it.

And how much profit these companies stand to make.

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  • Report this Comment On July 21, 2014, at 2:19 AM, NanushNanush wrote:

    Qatar is just as precarious and dangerous as the rest.

    Within the Sunni world, there are internal theological battles being fought with weapons and wasted opulence.

    But the fact is, that it takes the average Emirati boy 15 years to complete 12 years of schooling. (Girls manage to do it in just 12 1/2 years... but girls don't count for anything other than as compulsive shoppers.)

    What the Qataris have NOT figured out, is that you can not hire Indians, Filipinos and Bangladeshis to be your fighter pilots. And that their own privileged lazy boys just are not willing to exert the energy needed, to read the technical manuals.

    SOOO these companies should have very lucrative contracts, just providing maintenance staff for their products.

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