Top official: US discussing sale of F-35s to partners

The first three F-35 fighter jets ordered by Norway's Air Force arrive in Oerland Main Air Station, near Trondheim, Norway, in this November 3, 2017 photo. (Reuters)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Top official: US discussing sale of F-35s to partners

DUBAI: The US is in talks to sell F-35 fighter jets to partner nations, a senior US military official said on Friday during a visit to the UAE, without giving details.
US Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Stephen Wilson was responding to a reporter’s question about the possibility of selling advanced jets to the UAE. “Specifically with the F-35s, we look at all of our partners and nations and allies and their requirements and here in the Gulf they share many of the same adversaries and challenges,” Wilson said.
“So we look to provide capabilities. So the discussion is ongoing now with the new administration on selling F-35s to partner nations that need them, that require them.”
He added, “They’ve started the process. Now with that, you need discussion bilaterally between nations ... so further things on that will have to come from the UAE.”
The F-35 is made by Lockheed Martin Corp, with companies including Northrop Grumman Corp, United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems Plc also involved.


Morocco moves toward return of military service

Updated 21 August 2018
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Morocco moves toward return of military service

RABAT: Morocco’s government is moving to restore military service, with men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 expected to serve a year in the army, navy or air force.
King Mohammed VI’s ministerial council on Monday approved the draft law that is expected to comfortably win lawmakers’ backing when tabled for parliamentary debate in October.
The council said the aim is “to strengthen the sense of citizenship among young people.”
The plan provoked an immediate outcry on social media. Critics argued that the government wants to turn young Moroccans, among the hardest hit by unemployment, into brainwashed patriots.
Refusing to serve could be punished with 1 to 3 months in prison and a fine.
Morocco abolished military service in 2006 to save money.