White House moves forward with $10.4 billion worth sale of F-35s to UAE

The U.S. State Department recently approved the potential sale to the United Arab Emirates of more than $10.4 billion worth of F-35A fighter jets.

The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Pentagon’s top arms broker, said Thursday it had notified Congress of a possible sale of 50 F-35A stealth fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates for $10.4 billion.

According to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the complete package includes a wide range of other equipment aboard the aircraft, along with a Full Mission Trainer, training, logistics and support.

It is important to note, however, that U.S. government approval does not mean a country has agreed to purchase the weapons or other systems in question.

Over the summer, President Trump said at a news conference that the United Arab Emirates is seeking to buy an unknown number of F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter jets.

“They’d like to buy F-35’s, we’ll see what happens, it’s under review,” said Trump.

The announcement comes just days after the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.

Source: Defence blog / aljazeera

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