United States to sell weapons worth more than $23.4 billion to UAE | Flash News PK


United States to sell weapons worth more than $23.4 billion to UAE 




The State Department has approved the sale of $ 23.4 billion worth of aircraft and weapons to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including 50 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters.


The arms sale, which includes F-35s, stems from the UAE agreement to normalize relations with Israel.


The proposed sale of stealth aircraft to the UAE is certainly controversial, as the tribal monarchy will be the first non-democracy to accept advanced fighters. Democrats in the US Congress have previously opposed such a sale, and President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to approve it.


The real dollar value of the deal may be less than the disclosure, depending on UAE requirements, budget and further negotiations. It is not certain that the sale will be completed.


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The $ 23.37 billion package includes up to 50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, up to 18 MQ-9B drones and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground ammunition, the State Department said.


The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee - whose members have criticized the UAE's role in the civilian deaths in Yemen's civil war - are reviewing significant arms sales before the State Department sends the official in the legislature.


Mike pompeo on Twitter said



Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, criticised the arms sale to the UAE, saying it would constrain the options of President-elect Joe Biden who has signalled he will return the US to the Iran nuclear agreement.



Some weapons proposed for sale to UAE


l     802 AIM-120C8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air missiles

l     2.004 MK-82 500lb General purpose bombs

l     1,000 MK-84 2,000-pound general purpose bombs,

l     1,002 MK-83 1,000 pound general purpose bombs

l     Increase of bombs 2,500 small diameters 1

l     2,000 KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munition Tail Kit for 500lb Bombs

l     1,000 KMU-556 JDAM Tail Kit for 2,000 pound bombs

l     1,000 KMU-559 JDAM Tail Kit for 1,000 pound bombs

l     Weapons 650 AGM-154C Joint Stand Off

l     50 AGM-154E Joint Stand Off Weapons - Extended Range


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Typically, these intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance forces are confined to the United States' closest allies because of its "strong denial" missile technology control policy. The arms control agreement classifies UAVs as cruise missiles capable of delivering a weapon of mass destruction.


However, the Trump administration updated U.S. policy in July, allowing case-by-case approvals for the sale of UAVs with maximum flight speeds of less than 432kt (800km / h). Using this new policy, the US approved the pending acquisition of four Taiwan MQ-9Bs on November 3.


The UAE MQ-9B proposal includes weapons such as the 515 Hellfire missile, Leonardo SeaSpray 7500 marine radar and SAGE 750 electronic surveillance systems.


Most likely intended for tracking and tracking small Iranian diesel-electric submarines, the MQ-9B comes with anti-submarine warfare kit, receivers and audio processors, as well as Sonobuoys AN / SSQ-36B / Sonob SSG-SS + thermometers. and AN-SSQ-62F active sonobuoys.


Finally, the proposed arms package for the UAE includes $ 10 billion in sets of bombs, missiles and smart ammunition. The arsenal also aims to deter Iranian aggression.


UAE involvement in the recent civil war in Yemen also complicates arms sales. The United Arab Emirates withdrew most of its forces in 2019 but was criticized for an airstrike campaign in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, which allegedly killed thousands of civilians. 


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The UAE, one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East, has long wanted jets and promised the opportunity to buy them in a minor deal when it agreed to normalize relations with Israel as part of a regional regional strategy.


In the past, the F-35 has been denied to Arab states, while Israel has about 24 of the aircraft. Israel is going to buy 50 of the fighters.


"The proposed sale will make the UAE even more capable and interoperable with US partners in a way that is fully consistent with America's long-standing commitment to securing a quality military edge in Israel," Pompeo said.


The $ 2.97 billion sale of armed aircraft will mark the first export since the Trump administration re-interpreted a Cold War arms deal between 34 nations to allow U.S. defense contractors to sell more aircraft to allies.


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Source:- News Agencies 


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