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UAE threatens to pull out of $23 bln F-35, drone deal with US

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The Gulf ally complained that US security requirements were too onerous, the report said, citing American officials.

The United Arab Emirates is threatening to pull out of a $23 billion deal to buy American-made F-35 aircraft, Reaper drones, and other advanced munitions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The Gulf ally complained that US security requirements were too onerous, the report said, citing American officials.
F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin Corp, the US State Department and the UAE foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The UAE signed an agreement with the United States to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones, people familiar with the situation told Reuters in January.

A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin (credit: AXEL SCHMIDT/REUTERS)

A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin (credit: AXEL SCHMIDT/REUTERS)
The UAE, one of Washington’s closest Middle East allies, had long expressed interest in acquiring the stealthy F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin, and was promised a chance to buy them in a side deal when it agreed to normalize relations with Israel in August 2020.
On Dec. 4, a UAE defense ministry official said that a deal to purchase French Rafale fighter jets would complement the Gulf country’s planned deal to buy the American-made F-35 warplanes and was not a replacement for them.

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