Would the UAE really walk away from prestigious F-35 deal? – analysis

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Would the UAE really walk away from prestigious F-35 deal? – analysis
The UAE wants the F-35s but not at a cost that would mean it can’t use them as it wants.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: DECEMBER 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is prepared to halt acquisition of advanced fifth-generation F-35 aircraft, according to reports published this week in The Wall Street Journal. The prestigious and important deal was announced last year around the time of the Abraham Accords, raising eyebrows in the Middle East and Washington. In late September 2020, the UAE submitted a formal request to purchase 50 of the aircraft. The deal would include 18 Reaper drones as well.

The US has often prevented sales of its advanced armed drones abroad, leading many countries to acquire Chinese and other drones instead. It appeared the UAE acquisition would move forward quickly with White House approvals in October 2020, and other approvals from the State Department in November, fast-tracking the decision. However, there was grumbling and criticism of the deal.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/w...ay-from-prestigious-f-35-deal-analysis-688797
 
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