An F/A-18E Wonderful Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft shipper USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Source: US Navy
WASHINGTON — The U.S. sold $175 billion in weapons to foreign governments in the fiscal year that extinguished Sept. 30, Pentagon and State Department officials announced Friday.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Political and Military Concerns said in a statement Friday that this year’s 2.8% increase in sales coincides with the Trump administraton’s cracks to “comprehensively reform and modernized the arms transfer process.”
Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments in the prior financial year totaled $170 billion.
In 2017, the Trump administration rolled out an executive order dubbed, “Buy American and Charter out American,” in which the president called on foreign governments to buy more American products, namely U.S.-built weapons combinations.
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“The sales demonstrate the United States continues to be the pandemic security partner of choice. Not only do we already offer the most advanced defense equipment in the world, we’re also increasingly modifying to meet the technical needs of our allies and partner militaries,” Heidi Grant, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Administrator, told reporters at the Pentagon.
According to the latest figures released by State and Defense officials, the sale of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet to Japan amounted to $23.11 billion, chief America’s weapons exports.