The United States will sell 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and related equipment to United Arab Emirates at an estimated cost of US$10.4 billion.
The State Department has made a determination approving the possible foreign military sale.
The F-35A fighters will be the Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft which will be powered by Pratt & Whitney F-135 Engines.
The deal Includes: Electronic Warfare Systems; Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN); Air System Training Devices; Weapons Employment Capability and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities; F-35 unique chaff and infrared flares; F-35 Performance Based Logistics; Aircraft ferry and tanker support; as well as aircraft and munitions support and test equipment.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner,” said a State Department spokesman. “The UAE has been, and continues to be, a vital U.S. partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”
The proposed sale of F-35s will provide the Government of the UAE with a credible defence capability to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces.
The UAE has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing its military and will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into their armed forces.
The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
The F-35 operates from 23 bases worldwide. More than 985 pilots and over 8,890 maintainers are trained. While nine nations use the F-35 from their home soil, eight services have declared initial operating capability. Four services have employed F-35s in combat operations.
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