The highest US diplomat stated that the proposed gross sales embrace up to 50 F-35 plane valued at $10.four billion, up to 18 MQ-9B drones valued at almost $three billion, “and a package deal of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, valued at $10 billion.”

“That is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE’s want for superior protection capabilities to deter and defend itself towards heightened threats from Iran,” Pompeo stated.

The transfer to authorize the high-dollar gross sales to the UAE in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency comes lower than two months after the Gulf nation joined a US-brokered settlement to normalize relations with Israel.

“The UAE’s historic settlement to normalize relations with Israel underneath the Abraham Accords affords a once-in-a-generation alternative to positively remodel the area’s strategic panorama,” Pompeo stated. “The proposed sale will make the UAE much more succesful and interoperable with U.S. companions in a fashion totally per America’s longstanding dedication to making certain Israel’s Qualitative Army Edge.”

Beneath US coverage, the USA is dedicated to sustaining Israel’s “qualitative army edge” (QME) — the comparative technological, tactical, and different benefits in its weapons that enable Israel to nonetheless preserve army superiority in the area. Former US Protection Secretary Mark Esper had met a number of instances together with his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz in latest weeks and has reiterated the US dedication to Israel’s QME.

Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a joint assertion two weeks in the past that they “each agree that for the reason that US is upgrading Israel’s army functionality and is sustaining Israel’s qualitative army edge, Israel won’t oppose the sale of these programs to the UAE,” in obvious reference to the potential gross sales of F-35s.

In an announcement concerning the meant F-35 gross sales a couple of weeks in the past, the highest Democrat on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee stated it required “cautious consideration.”

“This expertise would considerably change the army steadiness in the Gulf and have an effect on Israel’s army edge,” Chairman Eliot Engel stated on the time. “The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a game-changing stealth platform boasting superior strike functionality and distinctive sensor expertise. The export of this plane requires very cautious consideration and Congress should analyze all of the ramifications. Speeding these gross sales just isn’t in anybody’s curiosity.”

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