UAE: UAE STRIKES DEAL WORTH $1.63 BILLION WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN TO UPGRADE F-16 FIGHTERS - CALIPHATE MEDIA

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Monday, 13 November 2017

UAE: UAE STRIKES DEAL WORTH $1.63 BILLION WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN TO UPGRADE F-16 FIGHTERS




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According to a Defence Ministry spokesman, the UAE has agreed to pay Lockheed Martin Corp the sum of $1.63bn to upgrade 80 F-16 jet fighters.
 
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This was made public by Major General Abdullah Al Sayed Al Hashemi, chief of the Military Committee and spokesman for the UAE Armed Forces while speaking at a news conference during  the Dubai Airshow.
He also spoke on several other deals which includes the acquisition of Blu-109 from a US based company OTNA INC at Dhs35million and a Dhs35m agreement with Thales Communications and Security SAS to secure defence communications.

“The UAE is also interested in fifth-generation fighter jets with a preference for Lockheed Martin’s F-35, which is the only Western-made jet that fully meets those requirements.
“Fifth generation is a definition that varies according to each manufacturer but broadly includes advanced stealth capability and a high level of computerised connectivity between fighter jets.”
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“The U.S. company has sold the F-35 to a range of allies, including Turkey, South Korea, Japan, and Israel. Sales to the Gulf require more scrutiny, however, due to the US government’s policy of helping Israel to maintain a qualitative military edge in the Middle East.”
“Iam optimistic that the UAE would be able to buy the F-35 in the near future. It is an excellent jet, he said, declining to give details on talks with the US administration.”
The United Arab Emerate is also interested in buying several of Russia Sukhoi 35fighters jet, this was made known by Ishaq Saleh al Baloushi, executive director of Defence, Industry and Capability Development at the ministry of defence.
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Lockheed Martin is a U.S based aerospace, defense, security and advance technologies company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the  merger of Lockheed corporation with martin marietta in March 1995. Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world's largest defense contractor based on revenue for fiscal year 2014. In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin's revenues came from military sales In 2009 US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%)
Lockheed Martin operates in five business segments: Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missiles and Fire control,Rotary and Mission System and Space System.
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TheF-16 Fighting Falcon jet is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General dynamics (now a part of Lockheed Martin) for the United State Air force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.

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