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Unread post28 Jan 2021, 04:15

And Biden will probably cancel the UAE deal.
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Unread post28 Jan 2021, 04:49

KamenRiderBlade wrote:And Biden will probably cancel the UAE deal.



After his blunder over the Keystone Pipeline. It maybe difficult for him to do so........Yet, I wouldn't put it past him either! :?
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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 01:23

F-35 Sales To UAE: What Will Being A Major Security Partner Mean
28 Jan 2021 Riad Kahwaji

"U.S.-UAE relations witnessed big leaps under Trump. Will ties remain as strong under Biden and see F-35 deal executed?

DUBAI: Ever since Donald Trump designated the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as “major security partners,” experts have been trying to assess what it means and what sort of privileges the designation bestows. Some see it as a symbolic gesture; others see it as an indication for much-improved relations resulting from the Abraham Accords that would eventually yield rewards for the two regional allies of America.

Four days after the designation was made and hours before former President Trump ceased to be president, the U.S. signed a letter of agreement (LOA) with the UAE for the purchase of 50 F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft and 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones, a package worth an estimated $23.4 billion.... [then lots of folderol about what it all means maybe]

...“The UAE has moved from the minor league to the major league in its position and role in the Middle East, and also in its relations with the United States,” said Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a political science professor in the UAE. “Designating UAE as “major security partner” is a signal that it is being viewed to be in a special category.”...

...Abdullah asserts that the UAE has very good relations with President Biden and many members of his team and does not at the moment have causes to be concerned about the implementation of the F-35 deal, “which has already gained the approval of all relevant government institutions in the U.S. and the Israeli blessing.”

The new Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, established good relations with many officials in the UAE and the Middle East during his tenure as head of Central Command. Also, former U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Barbara Leaf has recently joined President Biden’s National Security Council team that oversees Middle East and North Africa policy.

Leaf rejected claims made by some U.S. lawmakers that the F-35 deal will affect the long-standing US policy of ensuring Israeli military superiority in the Middle East. “This won’t change the military balance in the Middle East,” she said at a conference last December, adding that “Iran’s missile and non-conventional arsenals are formidable and could wreak immense damage.”

And, as Breaking D readers know, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu secretly approved the F-35 sale before the normalization of relations was announced. So that would seem to lessen the chances of Israel and its American supporters opposing the sale.

So what is likely to be the final result for the fighter sale? Anelle Shelin, a senior fellow for the Middle East at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, said in a statement distributed by the Washington-based thinktank that the arms “sales may ultimately go through, as a review of a previous administration’s weapons sales is not uncommon.”"

Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/01/f-3 ... tner-mean/
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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 15:33

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

I wish I could actually see the day that dumpster fire of a pedophile-hiring think tank runs out of money and credibility, but hey, friends in the DC media set and all that.

Corsair1963 wrote:That would be a colossal mistake....... :doh:


Anything but. For all the talk of the UAE deterring Iran they are surprisingly happy to launder their money.

Based on the evidence, it appears that ignoring U.S. sanctions has become standard practice for UAE financial institutions. It was reported that the UAE and UAE CB violated sanctions against Iran. There were leaked documents showing Dubai-based Gunes General Trading processed $142m in suspicious transactions through the UAE financial system in 2011 and 2012, and UAE Central Bank was involved in this to take their transaction. Since 2010, the U.S. Treasury has negotiated with at least half a dozen companies to acquire all Iran investments. There were companies from UAE sanctioned for failing to terminate business with Iran, but this does not prevent them from being called U.S. allies and receiving benefits from the U.S.

The newly-imposed Iranian sanctions were controversial. The European Union was one of the most prominent critics of these sanctions. Due to the U.S. sanctions, the E.U. had no choice but to take their losses and remove themselves and their companies from Iran. While most in the international community (including most American allies) are demonstrating solidarity with the U.S., the UAE continues to work with Iran by using shadow financing schemes and money laundering processes. The UAE’s recent efforts to restrain illicit money transfers remain inadmissible in addressing concerns about eluding U.S. sanctions and money laundering.


http://nycfpa.org/press-statements/nycf ... aundering/

Don't forget the still unanswered question of whether they really did pay Wagner to operate their Pantsirs in Libya, which may have downed an American Reaper.
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Unread post25 Feb 2021, 15:52

UAE weapons maker EDGE ambitions. 8)
https://jp.reuters.com/article/us-emira ... SKBN2AN0T9
UAE weapons maker EDGE wants in on F-35 supply chain
Alexander Cornwell February 23, 2021
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates’ state-owned weapons maker EDGE expects to be involved in the supply chain of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 war plane if the sale of U.S. planes to the Gulf Arab state goes ahead, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is re-examining the sale of 50 F-35 stealth jets, 18 armed drones and other military equipment approved by former President Donald Trump during his last days in office.
“Any platform that is coming to the country, we are now getting heavily involved in this supply chain in whatever component that makes sense for the client and for us,” EDGE CEO Faisal al-Bannai said at Abu Dhabi’s Idex defence exhibition.
EDGE, a $5 billion state defence conglomerate, could integrate subsystems, products and weapons, perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work and also develop weapons such as missiles for the jet, he said.

EDGE and Lockheed later announced in a statement they had reached a preliminary agreement to jointly “explore industrial participation opportunities across the UAE’s aerospace and defence industry.”
The statement did not mention the F-35 or any other system.
The Gulf state, one of Washington’s closest Middle Eastern allies, was promised a chance to buy the war planes when it established formal ties with Israel last year.
EDGE was in “advanced discussion” with several Israeli defence companies about jointly funding and developing missiles and unmanned platforms, Bannai said without identifying the firms.

“Quite soon there will be announcements,” he said.
It is not clear when Washington will complete its review, though even if approved the first F-35 is not expected to be delivered for several years.
“Every country has their own process. I think they will go through their process and come to what is a right decision for them,” Bannai said of the U.S. review.
The UAE’s Ambassador to Washington Yousef al-Otaiba has said he is confident the sale would go through.

The jets are a major component of a $23 billion sale of high-tech armaments from General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp to the UAE.
The F-35, the world’s most advanced war plane, would give the UAE a “huge deterrence capability” against regional foe Iran, an Arab diplomat in the Gulf told Reuters.
“The F-35 gives a lot of control over the Gulf skies. It’s a big thing. It’s a game changer for the UAE,” the diplomat said.
EDGE, tasked with supplying advanced weapons to the UAE armed forces, is focused on developing drones, unmanned vehicles, smart weapons and electronic warfare equipment rather than conventional weaponry.

“We are a small country in size and population ... we are extremely focused on deploying more smarter technology that can apply a ‘force multiplier’ to our army,” Bannai said.
EDGE is developing a directed energy system, to be unveiled next year, that can be used against aerial and land threats.
EDGE announced on Tuesday it would supply Rheinmetall’s Oerlikon Skynex air defence system with a short-range interceptor missile system known as SkyKnight.
Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Susan Fenton
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Unread post03 Mar 2021, 18:30

Corsair1963 wrote:
KamenRiderBlade wrote:And Biden will probably cancel the UAE deal.



After his blunder over the Keystone Pipeline. It maybe difficult for him to do so........Yet, I wouldn't put it past him either! :?


He's already essentially said he's probably going to cancel EVERY Saudi arms contract that isn't "defensive". Soooo..... Nothing but SAMs and radar for the next 4-8 years.

I'd put the likelihood of him killing the UAE F-35 well above 50/50.

Probably 80/20 at this point.

President Applesauce-brain sure does like killing jobs in the USA.
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Unread post01 Apr 2021, 19:57

Biden Arms Sale Freeze Likely To Thaw, Including UAE’s F-35s
31 Mar 2021 Chyrine Mezher

"Strategic relations between the US and UAE remain clear and stable. “We may sometimes disagree, but the UAE will not yield to any decision that contradicts its vision and plans,” retired Staff Maj. Gen. Abdullah A.Al Hashmi told me in an interview. “We have our own plans and strategies, and the US is interested in preserving the relations with the Gulf states.”

BEIRUT: The UAE is likely to receive its first F-35s by 2027, Bilal Saab, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and former Pentagon official in charge of security cooperation in the Middle East tells Breaking Defense.

“The Gulf country is still trying to figure out how to integrate these jets into its national defense strategies and when received, they will need to know how to sustain them,” he said. “That’s one huge challenge that requires high cooperation from the U.S but let us see how Biden will handle it.”... [then stuff about military/industrial/strategy]

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Unread post14 Apr 2021, 04:43

US: Biden administration to proceed with $23bn arms sales to UAE

The sale of F-35s, drones and other advanced equipment pushed through by predecessor Donald Trump was being reviewed.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23bn in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

A State Department spokesperson said the administration would move forward with the proposed sales to the UAE, “even as we continue reviewing details and consulting with Emirati officials” related to the use of the weapons.

The Democratic president’s administration had paused the deals agreed to by former Republican President Donald Trump in order to review them. The sales to the Gulf nation were finalised right before Trump left office.

The Trump administration told Congress in November it had approved the sale to the UAE as a side deal to the Abraham Accords, an agreement brokered by the United States in September in which the UAE agreed to normalise relations with Israel.

In the last months of the Trump administration, Israel reached deals with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as part of the accords.

The $23.37bn package contained products from General Atomics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, including 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft, up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

Yemen conflict

Some US legislators have criticized the UAE for its involvement in the war in Yemen, a conflict that has fueled one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters and are concerned that the weapons transfers might violate US guarantees that Israel will retain a military advantage in the region.

Israel said it did not object to the sales.

A legislative effort to stop the sales failed in December, as Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress backed his plans.

The Trump administration then finalised the enormous sale to the UAE on January 20, about an hour before Biden was sworn in as president.

The Biden administration announced the review in late January and the UAE said then it had anticipated the review and welcomed joint efforts to de-escalate tensions and for renewed regional dialogue.

The State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday the estimated delivery dates on the UAE sales, if implemented, were for after 2025 or later.

The government anticipated “a robust and sustained dialogue with the UAE” to ensure a stronger security partnership, the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“We will also continue to reinforce with the UAE and all recipients of US defense articles and services that US-origin defense equipment must be adequately secured and used in a manner that respects human rights and fully complies with the laws of armed conflict,” the statement said.

The Biden administration is also reviewing its policy for military sales to Saudi Arabia, including some Trump-era weapons deals, in light of the Saudi involvement in Yemen and other human rights concerns.

It has not released the results of that review. In February, US officials told the Reuters news agency the administration was considering cancelling past deals that posed human rights concerns and limiting future sales to “defensive” weapons.


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/1 ... les-to-uae
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