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US defence exports increase as F-35 deal to UAE approaches key Congress debate

6th December 2020 - 18:58 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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As US defence exports increase, the future of the proposed sale of F-35 fighters to the UAE depends on a crucial debate in Congress next week.

Authorised defence exports from the US have risen by 2.8% over FY2020 compared to the previous year, as efforts by a number of government agencies to reform the country’s arms transfer process in recent months begin to draw results.

It was revealed that FY20 exports value totalled $175 billion, a rise of $4.9 billion compared to FY19 figures, during a 4 December press briefing with Clarke Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs at the State Department, and Heidi Grant, Director at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

The figure represents both commercial and government-managed exports. 

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