F35: UAE threatens to cancel $ 23 billion deal with US

A senior Dubai official has informed the US administration that “technical requirements, operating restrictions and cost / benefit calculations have led us to re-evaluate the negotiations on the purchase of the aircraft”.

The UAE has notified the U.S. of the suspension of negotiations to purchase F-35 stealth fighter jets as part of a $ 23 billion deal to supply aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced armaments.

A senior official in Dubai informed the US administration that “technical requirements, operating restrictions and cost / benefit calculations have led us to re-evaluate the negotiations on the purchase of the aircraft. They may be renewed in the future, “Reuters reports.

The purchase of the advanced aircraft was part of the discussions on the Abraham accords. The US Congress had strong opposition to the sale of the most advanced aircraft to the UAE because of this country’s ties with China.

In Israel, the deal was seen as a violation of the strategic balance. Negotiations began during Trump’s presidency and the Biden administration approved the deal, which involved the sale of 50 stealth aircraft, 18 UAVs and armaments.

By Editor

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