MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian news agency Avipro comes out with a short material about the United Arab Emirates’ decision not to buy the Su-57 fighters offered by Moscow, generation 4 ++ – Su-57, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to the author of the article, Israel is mainly to blame for this decision, as Tel Aviv has put pressure on Washington to sell the F-35 to Abu Dhabi.
Aviapro uses the point that Israel does not want to worsen relations with the UAE, and if the United States does not sell them the F-35, Dubai will turn to Russia to buy the Su-57. According to the published material, the Israeli lobby has no objections to such a sale. Thus, Tel Aviv was the first to take a step to improve relations between Israel and the UAE after both countries had already signed a maritime agreement between them. Israel believes that if Washington sells the F-35 to Dubai, it will not affect Israel’s military advantage in the area.
These beliefs are because of the agreement signed years ago between Israel and the United States that the United States will not allow this advantage to be violating. This agreement means that if the United States sells fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighters to the UAE, Dubai will receive a radically different version of the – most likely “crippled” compared to Israeli fighters.
Military experts are analyzing the situation as an attempt to influence Russia, not the UAE. They recall that if, at some point, the UAE decides to buy Russian weapons, Dubai still has severe economic leverage against Washington to oppose possible sanctions by the Americans. Therefore, with Israel’s help, the UAE is facing Russia directly to cut off another channel to sell Russian weapons.
But perhaps this very thesis of the Russians is convenient for them. They are not talking about the possible superiority of Russian Su-57 over American F-35 but are looking for the cause on a political level. However, let’s not forget that despite some problems that the F-35 fighter has been facing in recent years, it remains a proven master in the air for now. The Su-57 has not yet confirmed anything. The Russian fighter jet is not even a fifth-generation fighter, but a four ++, and even in this category, it is not sure that it is the best. Su-35 fighter is a much more severe and dangerous machine for the Americans, including the F-35, as experts from Washington have repeatedly claimed.
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The Su-57 has conducted combat tests in Syria and several joint test fields with the attacking drone Okhotnik. But the Su-57 only went into series production this year, despite being a project for more than ten years. The first mass-produced fighter will appear at the end of this year. The world, like the Russians, is still unaware of the fighter’s real capabilities. The problems that the project has encountered in the last three years are worrying. The Russians claim to have removed them [engine, avionics, radar – ed.]. However, it is still unclear whether the aircraft on the “drawing” will achieve the desired characteristics and whether there will be no more severe problems.
The UAE’s decision to target the US F-35 has its severe logic. It’s about billions of dollars that are not given lightly to unknown war machines. The Su-57 will still have to prove itself in real combat conditions. On paper, it may be better than the F-35, but the F-35 has thousands of hours of experience in all parts of the world. We remind you that no F-35 fighter has been shot down so far, even after an accident with a flock of birds or a technical problem.
Algeria may be the first country to order a Su-57 for apparent reasons – mainly Russian weapons are used in that country. Algeria’s conflict with Morocco could be a catalyst for such a purchase. Maybe the world will have to wait to get proof of the qualities of the Russian fighter. But at this stage, it is too early for a serious investment for a fighter with an uncertain future.
Will the UAE acquire F-35s and Reaper drones? Lawmakers will try to stop the deal
Defense News publishes a detailed article on the possibility for the UAE to purchase fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets, Reaper drones, and ammunition from the United States. On Thursday [December 3], journalist Joe Gould tried to explain the upcoming situation.
And it’s as follows: four resolutions blocking a $ 23 billion deal will be put to the vote next week in an attempt by the Senate to stop arms sales to the Emirates. The UAE’s agreement will be one of the last shots of US President Donald Trump to make a significant arms deal. His term expires in January next year when he will be succeeded in the White House by President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump’s attempt to sell weapons to the Emirates has a lot of critics. Their main point of reference is that if the deal goes through, Israel’s military risks will increase. Tel Aviv’s current military advantage in the Middle East is palpable. However, the United States aims to support the UAE’s efforts to counter a possible Iranian attack.
The UAE wants to buy 50 fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets with stealth technology from the American weapons production complex. The deal includes hundreds of missiles, thousands of munitions, and at least 18 MQ-9B Reaper drones. It is noteworthy that the UAE’s request comes almost immediately after Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi “warmed up” their relationship nearly a month ago and resumed official diplomatic relations.
However, political scientists say that blocking Trump’s deal may not happen. The main reason is that four resolutions will try to do so, and it is not clear how the lawmakers will structure them. Just this ambiguity could “divorce” the vote of the legislators.
Proponents of the United States’ idea of selling weapons to the UAE say that even if attempts to block Trump’s deal succeed, it is likely to take place during Joe Biden’s term. According to various lawmakers, Joe Biden is ready to continue the agreement, but with new conditions in favor of the United States and Israel.
We remind you that the UAE has already violated the arms embargo in Libya once. UAE’s actions in Libya can play a bad joke on them and not reach a deal. Senator Chris Murphy opposes the possible deal, saying that arming the UAE with such technology could seriously change the region’s situation and start “mass arming” in other countries. He talks about an arms race.
The UAE has already once convinced the United States of its “innocence” and political security. Thus, Abu Dhabi acquired F-16 fighters, Patriot anti-aircraft missile defense system, and THAAD. But the United States must also remember the fact that the UAE has excellent relations with Russia and China. However, some lawmakers argue that this fact is exaggerating.
As a last-ditch attempt by the Trump administration to push through the deal, there is political rhetoric that if the United States does not sell weapons to the UAE, Abu Dhabi will find and buy from another supplier.
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