US State Department approves $467 mln in military sales to UAE and Qatar

Women walk past a US-made F-16 fighter jet displayed at the Dubai Airshow in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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US State Department approves $467 mln in military sales to UAE and Qatar

WASHINGTON: The US State Department approved a total of $467 million worth of potential foreign military sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said in separate approval notices on Thursday.
Raytheon Co was listed as the prime contractor for both the foreign military sales.
The United Arab Emirates was approved to buy 300 Sidewinder missiles, training missiles, tactical guidance units, and spares and support. The total estimated cost of the sale to UAE was $270.4 million, the Pentagon said.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force was approved for $197 million worth of equipment to upgrade its air operations center, according to the Pentagon statement.
Qatar was cleared to buy global positioning system equipment and information distribution systems, the Pentagon said.
 


22 Sudanese children dead in Nile boat accident

Updated 57 min 53 sec ago
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22 Sudanese children dead in Nile boat accident

  • 22 Sudanese children drowned on Wednesday when their boat sank in the Nile while they were on their way to school
  • A woman also died when the vessel went down around 750 kilometers north of the capital Khartoum

KHARTOUM: At least 22 Sudanese children drowned on Wednesday when their boat sank in the Nile while they were on their way to school, official media said.
A woman also died when the vessel went down around 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of the capital Khartoum with more than 40 children on board, the SUNA news agency reported.
“The accident was caused by engine failure halfway across because of a strong current,” it said.
The victims’ bodies have not yet been found, SUNA added.
Villagers in the region rely on wooden boats to cross the Nile.
A witness told AFP by telephone that the boat had been crossing the river against the current.
“All the families (in the area) are in mourning,” added the witness, who did not want to be named.