US approves $23 billion sale of advanced defense equipment to UAE, says Pompeo

US approves $23 billion sale of advanced defense equipment to UAE, says Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Tuesday that the US planned to sell top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the UAE. (AFP/File Photo)
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Updated 10 November 2020

US approves $23 billion sale of advanced defense equipment to UAE, says Pompeo

US approves $23 billion sale of advanced defense equipment to UAE, says Pompeo
  • The package also includes MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems and package of air-to-air, air-to-ground munitions

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Tuesday that the US planned to sell top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the UAE as part of a $23.37 billion package.

"The UAE's historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively transform the region's strategic landscape," Pompeo said in a statement.

As well as 50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the package also includes up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions. 

*With AFP and Reuters