The newspaper said the administration was also in talks with the kingdom about potential naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more.
The administration sees the sale as part of a broader policy aimed at shoring up Arab allies against Iran, the report said.
The 60 billion dollars in and helicopters is the top-line amount requested by the Saudis, even though the kingdom is likely to commit initially to buying only about half that amount, the paper said.
In its notification to Congress, expected to be submitted this week or next, the administration will authorize the to buy as many as 84 new F-15 fighters, upgrade 70 more, and purchase three types of helicopters -- 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds, The Journal noted, citing unnamed officials.
The notification will set off a congressional review. Lawmakers could push for changes, try to impose conditions or block the deal altogether, though that is not expected, the paper said.
Earlier media reports said that to assuage , the Obama administration has decided not to offer Saudi Arabia so-called standoff systems, which are advanced long-range weapons that can be attached to F-15s for use in offensive operations against land- and sea-based targets.
Muslim sympathizer president decides that he is going to aid a Muslim nation with missile capabilities (upgrades), fighter jets and helicopters.
Islam is practised by all Saudis and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives. Islam was born in Saudi Arabia and thus is visited by millions of Muslims every year. This means no other religions or churches would ever be allowed on their soil. In my opinion, this means that everyone who is not practicing the religion of Islam would be considered their enemy, right? But Obama, doesn't seem to care about that, he is willing to arm them to the hilt. Where do his loyalties lie? It is not with the United States.
Furthermore, if you recall back in May of 2010 Obama and his administration demanded severe pay cuts to our military personnel. Please tell me how people still support this radical lunatic?
Israel and every non-Islam nation should be very concerned with this turn of events. We should be worried. I most certainly am.