U.S. plans to sell 50 F-35 fighter jets to the UAE after accord with Israel

 The proposed deal must still be approved by Congress.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 plane performs during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in the Hatzerim Air Force Base. | AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

The State Department on Thursday informally notified Congress that it plans to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, according to the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The deal would include up to 50 of the Lockheed Martin-made jets at a cost of $10.4 billion, a congressional aide said. If the sale is completed, the UAE would become only the second country in the Middle East to fly the advanced fighter jets after Israel.

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By Jacqueline Feldscher / Defense One Senior National Security Correspondent



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(Source: politico.com; April 29, 2021; https://tinyurl.com/yesjtya7)
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