Already big fans of the F-15, the Saudis want to up their arsenal by another 84 jets over the next 10 years, a potential $30 billion sale for Boeing. The deal isn't official yet -- negotiations are ongoing as to how advanced a weapons package the F-15s will be allowed to carry without upsetting America's Israeli allies. But assuming the planes are equipped primarily for use in ground attacks on Yemeni insurgents, rather than dueling with Israeli fighter aircraft, the deal should go through without a hitch. It could wrap up as early as next month.
And the news gets better for American industry -- and exporters. In addition to the F-15s, Saudi is reportedly interested in purchasing "dozens" of Black Hawk helicopters from United Technologies
Would it "feel" nicer to be selling butter than guns around the globe? Sure it would. But if guns are what the customer wants, then these are the companies positioned to profit from it.