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Sale of 50 F-35 Stealth Jets to United Arab Emirates Will Move Ahead

The United States said that it is advancing on a $23 billion defense deal with the United Arab Emirates after the Arab state threatened to pull out following disagreements regarding issues concerning Chinese espionage in the country. The deal includes 50 top-of-the-range F-35 Lightning II stealth jets from Lockheed Martin valued at approximately $10.4 billion, 18 MQ-9B drones worth $3 billion, along with $10 billion advanced munitions. Only certain countries are allowed to purchase the American-made F-35s with the unmatched stealth technology kept under wraps by the U.S. government. The deal to sell F-35s to the UAE government was signed after former President Donald Trump initiated the Abraham Accords under which there was a normalization of relations between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain. However, Washington needed to make sure that Israel had a military edge when it came to firepower in the Arabian Gulf region. “We’ve wanted to make sure, …

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