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Dubai Airshow 2021: All relatively quiet on the F-35 front

19th November 2021 - 12:45 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Dubai

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USAF F-35A Lightning II pictured in August 2019 at Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE. (Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt Chris Thornbury)

A planned $23 billion FMS package for the UAE has still not been fully approved, 12 months after it was first proposed.

There were no official updates from the Dubai Airshow 2021 on a proposed sale to the UAE Air Force of US fifth-generation fighter aircraft and MALE UAVs, although sources indicated to Shephard that Washington remains committed to a proposed FMS package.

Following strong indications that the UAE wanted to buy Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft and General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian UASs, the US State Department notified Congress in November 2020 that it intends to authorise FMS deals for these aircraft.

Since then, the prospective package (worth more than $23 billion in all to include air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions) attracted

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Leonid Nersisyan

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Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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