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More Mirage jets on the way

posted on 13/02/2005: 1575 views

The Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, Major-General Khalid Abdullah Al Buainain has said that the country was focusing on improving its airpower by inducting state-of-the-art French Mirage jets while first batch of the US-built F-16 will arrive by May this year.

Speaking to reporters, after the inaugural session of the Gulf Defence Conference 2005, Major Gen. Buainain said that late last year, 60 Mirages were procured which made the UAE Air Force one of the most well-equipped fighting forces in the region.

He said military hardware was being purchased as a part of the government strategy to continuously update firepower. The purchase of fighter jets was part of that policy under which 60 Mirage were acquired last year while first batch of 80 F-16s would be delivered by the month of May this year, he added.

He said that a $6.4 billion agreement was signed in this regard five years ago under which 80 aircraft, modified according to the UAE specifications, will be purchased.

To a question about the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear programme, he said that it was a sensitive and political thing. "We have no measure which can gauge the level of seriousness of the programme," he said. (The Khaleej Times)


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