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UAE to receive F-16 jets from US in May

posted on 17/02/2005: 1654 views

The UAE Air Force pilots are under going training on F-16s which it purchased from the US company Lockheed Martin, while the country will take delivery of a first batch of the latest US-built F-16 jet fighters in May this year.

According to company sources, the UAE has purchased the most modern version of F-16s, which are not even in the possession of the US Air Force. The date to deliver the aircraft has not yet been confirmed but it would be towards the end of May this year. The UAE signed a contract worth a total $6.4 billion for 80 aircraft of the F-16 fighter jets in 2000.

The purchase package involves not only the 80-aircraft but delivery, training, construction of air bases and other related facilities, spare parts and maintenance.

Meanwhile, the UAE is actively considering Lock Heed Martin's Javelin anti-tank missile systems, missile rounds and associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $135 million. The UAE is interested in the purchase of 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missile systems consisting of 100 Javelin command launch units and 1,000 Javelin missile rounds, simulators, trainers, support equipment, spare and repair parts.

The UAE will use these Javelin anti-tank missile systems to enhance its direct fire capability for infantry, cavalry, and commando units against armoured vehicles, buildings, and field fortifications. These systems will provide UAE with a strong, man-portable, direct fire capability.

United Arab Emirates will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces. The UAE is weighing options to buying the Patriot -3 missile systems manufactured by Lockheed Martin and S-300 manufactured by Russia. (The Khaleej Times)


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