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The U.S. Approves Advanced Defense Capabilities for the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is a longtime vital U.S. security partner.

The U.S. Approves Advanced Defense Capabilities for the United Arab Emirates

Nov 11, Washington, DC.: Secretary Pompeo directed the Department to formally notify Congress of our intent to authorize the UAE’s proposed purchase of several advanced capabilities that are worth $23.37 billion, for up to 50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, valued at $10.4 billion; up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems, valued at $2.97 billion; and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, valued at $10 billion.



This is in recognition of U.S. deepening relationship and the UAE’s need for advanced defence capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats from Iran.


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. Both adversaries, especially those in Iran, know this and will stop at nothing to disrupt this shared success.


The proposed sale will make the UAE even more capable and interoperable with U.S. partners in a manner fully consistent with America’s longstanding commitment to ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.



Security cooperation and defence trade are powerful tools of American diplomacy. Today’s announcement echoes the enhanced defence cooperation, embarked upon with Egypt in the wake of the 1979 Camp David Accords, as well as the closer security relationship with Jordan following its normalization of ties with Israel in 1994. Together, committed to securing the success of Abraham Accords.



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