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NATO allies establish military flight center in UAE

February 15, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Britain, France and the United States have pledged to cooperate in forming the Air Warfare Center at the UAE air base at Al Dhafra. The air base will also be used by the United States to train UAE pilots on the new F-16 block 60 aircraft.
The planned air center will allow the three NATO allies to conduct joint operations to defend Gulf Cooperation Council states from external threats. The center will be operated by the UAE Air Force.

The United Arab Emirates has a range of Western aircraft. They include the Mirage-2000 fighter-jet from France, the British-origin Hawk air trainer and the U.S.-origin AH-64A Apache attack helicopter.