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Israel, Egypt to Get More U.S. Arms

The Defense Department announced today that it plans to sell Israel II F-15 jet fighters and Egypt 300 AIM-9L sidewinder air-to-air missiles. Congress has 30 days in which it may reject the sale.

The sale to Egypt, which totals $34 million, also includes 30 training missiles, repair parts and support equipment. The equipment would be used on F-I6s which Egypt has already contracted to buy. The Pentagon stressed that the sale would not affect the balance of power in the Middle East.

The $510 million sale to Israel also includes II sets (22) of conformal fuel tanks, six F-100 engines, support equipment and other materials. The Pentagon noted that this was part of the U.S. policy to assure Israel has the means to defend itself within secure borders.