The Obama administration is seeking approval from Congress to sell defence aircraft to Saudi Arabia in a record-breaking 46-billion-euro arms deal.
Saudi Arabia wants to buy dozens of topline fighter jets and helicopters, as well as upgrading some of its existing fleet.
The Pentagon will put the deal to lawmakers within a week. If approved, it would be the single biggest arms sale in US history.
Analysts say the move is to counter Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East region. Saudi Arabia is a long-standing ally of the United States
The kingdom spent 28 billion euros on arms from 2001 to 2008, according to the Congressional Research Service.