UAE did it. The F-35 and MQ-9 Reaper deal has been frozen again
ABU DHABI, ($1=3.67 Emirati Dirhams) – The United Arab Emirates is threatening the United States to withdraw from a multibillion-dollar deal to buy US fighter jets, UAVs, and missiles. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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According to the UAE government, the country plans to violate the agreement because Abu Dhabi is convinced that the security requirements set by the United States to protect high-tech weapons from Chinese espionage have been too burdensome.
“The UAE has informed the United States that it will suspend negotiations on the purchase of the F-35,” the statement said. “Technical requirements, government operational constraints and cost-benefit analysis have led to a reassessment.”
At the same time, according to the WSJ, it is unclear whether the $ 23 billion deal or the UAE threats will be “dead” – a planned step ahead of a planned visit by a senior official from the UAE military delegation to the United States. The UAE spokesman also said that the United States “remains the UAE’s preferred supplier for modern defense requirements and discussions on the F-35 may resume in the future.”
Recall that on January 20 this year, the United Arab Emirates and the United States signed an agreement to sell to the UAE up to 50 F-35 fighters, as well as 18 drones MQ-9 Reaper, and modern missiles. The agreement was signed just an hour before US President Joe Biden took office.
UAE is funding the Su-75 Checkmate – sources
The rumor is – the United Arab Emirates is part of the Russian Su-75 Checkmate fighter project. This rumor has been circulating in recent months in international aviation circles. But is it exactly a rumor?
If we go back four years, in 2017 at the international exhibition Index 2017 we will notice that then the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates came out with a message that the two countries are starting work on a project for a fifth-generation stealth fighter, which should be ready in 2025. Too many matches, don’t you think?
According to MilitaryWatch Magazine, a Russian source in the defense industry and close to the publication’s editorial office has confirmed that Abu Dhabi is the “secret” partner of the Russians in the production of the Su-75 Checkmate. He shares that the UAE has the same role as Pakistan when it ordered its JF-17 from China – financing installments during certain periods. The Checkmate could take an advantage over the F-35 even before it began mass production.
However, as it turns out, the UAE will receive a Russian Su-75 Checkmate in the future. Russia’s development and unveiling of a new fighter class for export without a confirmed client would be a major risk, which is why the report that the Checkmate is indeed the result of the Russia-UAE project makes sense. Of all the countries speculated to show an interest in the fighter, Abu Dhabi is best positioned to have financed and committed to the program.
In addition, with no report that the Russia-UAE program was canceled, it would be highly unusual for Russia to develop the Checkmate for export highlighting the UAE as a leading client while at the same time developing another next-generation lightweight fighter jointly with the Arab country.
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