A Final Bit Of Profit: UAE Approved Deal To Purchase 50 F-35 Fighter Jets, 18 MQ-9 Reaper Drones: Reuters report

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A Final Bit Of Profit: UAE Approved Deal To Purchase 50 F-35 Fighter Jets, 18 MQ-9 Reaper Drones: Reuters report

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On January 20th, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reportedly approved a deal to purchase up to 50 F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft and 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones from the United States.

According to Reuters, the agreement was one of the final acts of the Trump administration, occurring just an hour before President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

The UAE, one of Washington’s closest Middle East allies, has 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.

The U.S. State Department and the UAE Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The agreement delineates the cost of the aircraft, technical specifications and the schedule for F-35 deliveries to the UAE, unnamed sources told Reuters.

Those sources could not confirm when the first F-35 is due to be delivered to Abu Dhabi, but stated that an initial proposal stipulated 2027 as one possible date.

The UAE deal was previously estimated at a $23.37 billion value, including 50 F-35A fighters worth $10.4 billion, 18 MQ-9B drones worth $2.97 billion, and $10 billion worth of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

It’s unclear whether the incoming administration will seek to undo the deal.

Biden’s pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told reporters in late October that the sale is “something we would look at very, very carefully,” due to U.S. obligations to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge.

The UAE has had the paperwork for more than a week, the people said.

The UAE and the United States had once hoped to have a deal in place in December, but the timing of jet deliveries, their cost, the technology packages and training associated with the deal extended negotiations, the people said.

If this report is true, this was the Trump administration’s final attempt to secure some advantage to its allies in their offensive against the Houthis in Yemen, and also guarantee some sales for the problematic F-35 fighter jet.

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Servet Köseoğlu

Agreement schedule on steroids and Trump removes aluminium tariff on UAE in final minutes of his pathetic presidency..Gross.

farbat

you must be kidding the usa was “gross” from the very beginning XD

Servet Köseoğlu

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occupybacon

Probably Israel knows there is a high chance some secrets to go from UAE to Iran. Big bad orange man hated this plane from his first day in office.

farbat

poor zionists

farbat

you do understand that iran hacked the entire aviation industry of the zionist usurper entity right

farbat

the zionists gave all their secrets away already

occupybacon

Where’s the money? %)

farbat

when i saw the downed harop drone in iran which btw didnt even penetrate enough to hit guard posts and i when i saw how pathetically cheap it was designed i understood that the zionists have nothing to offer other than empty talk

occupybacon

Well, those drones and Turkish ones won that war, didn’t they?

farbat

btw the zionist usurper entity did mention it would have the best vaccine after 3 months so where are their vaccines?

occupybacon

Trump took the vaccine with him

Proud Hindu

Russians stopped producing good weapons after 1990

occupybacon

Just wait the new unmanned carrier in 40 years, I hope you’re young enough.

Ashok Varma

Abay madar chod, 70% of Indian weapons are of Russian manufacture. Stupid ignorant fool.

Proud Hindu

Abe bhadwe shia main has raha hu tere chutye china pe lol.20 miners kal mar gaye china mein hahahahha.Iranian scienfist uaad hain na bhadwe?Aur soleimani ki to chatni ho gayi loool.Kya ukhad liyavtum shia bhadwo ne israel ka loool madarchot communist

Ashok Varma

Abay bhonsere kay gandu, learn something about India first before trying to make all Indians look like idiots. Yahudi teri ma ko chod rahain han?

Proud Hindu

Tere maa ka mutah maine kiya hai bhadwe hindu gaddar.Tera naam aslam rakh pehle mutah bastard

Proud Hindu

Tere muhammad ki gaand mein apna danda daal saale china ki najaiz paidaish bhadwe.2008 yaad hai na?85000 chinese mare the uss time looool.

Helen4Yemen

Qualitative Edge

That is the reason we have not sent back home
the European invaders of Arab land. The
reason is because the US must make sure
that any weapons sold to the Arabs are
much inferior to those sold to the invaders.
Imagine if the Arabs had the qualitative
edge over the invaders, how many
minutes before the invaders would be
running way towards home.

The invaders met with US officials in charge
of selling US weapons in 1978 and in 2006
and during both meetings, the invaders
were telling the US govt that the Arabs
must never acquire any weapons unless
they are inferior to theirs.

1978 meeting

2006 meeting

Frank

Frankly, these Wahhabi pimps are being ripped off by the deadbeat Americans, the Emirati dumbass morons have three airbases occupied by their western and Zionist masters and they are all withing Iranian base bleed artillery range, let alone missiles and loitering munitions and these planes will be destroyed in the ground as the desert sands don’t even allow underground construction.

Iran’s accurate ballistic missiles are defining new ways that wars are
fought

The vulnerability of giant, stationary air bases to precision missile
strikes was demonstrated during the January 2020 Iranian missile strike
on the US-operated Ein Assad air base in Iraq. Prior to the attack, the
US teams at that base had launched a fleet of Predator UAVs for
patrolling the base perimeter. One of the incoming Iranian missiles hit
an underground communications conduit and cut the fiber optic lines
between the UAV’s control vans and the system’s transceivers. This
caused a loss of ground control over the entire UAV fleet. It took hours
to reestablish communication via satellite and bring the UAVs back in.

Needless to say, US combat aircraft based in Iraq were powerless against
this missile strike. Simply put, Iran gained air superiority over the
air base by virtue of its precision missiles.

Ashok Varma

I have lived in the emirates and can safely tell that these corrupt puppets of US and Zionism can not operate a car safely and dire Pakistani drivers, let alone fly F-35. They are forced to buy these expensive junk western weapons and squander their now limited resources as we are heading towards a post fossil fuel economy. They should buy food for the people of Yemen and Palestine that they have killed and maimed instead.

klove and light

If this report is true, this was the Trump administration’s final attempt to secure some advantage to its allies in their offensive against the Houthis in Yemen, and also guarantee some sales for the problematic F-35 fighter jet.

UTTER NONSENSE and BS

no matter what saudis or UAE have as fighter jets,bombers etc… will not make 1 % difference on the battle field…..and Biden will keep the deal 100% for the obivous reasons……MONEY …

the jet itself…..is totally worthless in battle against modern russian jets…..and worthless against ground targets if the attacked nation has modern ground to air defenses..ie.iran,russia,china….because all three can see the supposed invisilbe F-35 with their radars…..and once detected, it is a sitting duck for modern ground to air missiles.

Frank

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Iranian upgraded Harpy2 heads towards its target.

Proud Hindu

Houshits about to lose lol.Good job uae.

SnowCatzor

$3B for 18 drones is a ripp off. Could have brought Chinese, Russian or Turkish drones for far less than that.

chris chuba

Ironically, they might be useful for operations against Israel but nothing else.
Yemen, stealth aint gonna make a difference.

Iran – They air defenses are an unknown but the F35 has to take off and land somewhere and the UAE is within spitting distance of Iran. Iran will destroy their airfields at the first sign of trouble.

Albert Pike

Why would the Dönmeh House of Saud controlled UAE attack Frankist Israel(?) – they are all the same. There will never be an attack on Israel from that fake Arab side. And if then ‘the attack’ would be so designed and executed that it will fail and just lead to ‘Eretz Yisrael Hashlema’ (Greater Israel). The Arab side is completely undermined and under Zionist control…

Ivan Freely

Surprised Israel allowed this to happen. The US is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for money.

wimroffel

I don’t understand the headline of the article. When the UAE approves something that is not an act of the Trump administration.