(PatriotWise.com)- The United Arab Emirates has confirmed that all discussions with the United States about the planned acquisition of F-35 fighter jets will come to an end. The original deal would have been worth $23 billion and would have included the sale of various advanced munitions and drones.
A sale of 50 warplanes from Lockheed Martin to the UAE was originally planned during the Trump administration but slowed down over concerns in Washington over Abu Dhabi’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, along with the use of China’s Huawei 5G communications technology. Many Western nations have banned the use of Huawei technology in 5G infrastructure networks citing security concerns.
An official representing the UAE told the Wall Street Journal that the technical requirements, along with sovereign operation restrictions and a cost/benefit analysis meant that the country was forced to reassess the plans.
“The US remains the UAE’s preferred provider for advanced defense requirements and discussions for the F-35 may be re-opened in the future,” the official added, saying that they must first address the “mutual defense security conditions” in order for an acquisition to go ahead.
Sources familiar with negotiations told the press that there have been several major points of contention between the two countries over the last few months, with much of the disagreement revolving around how stealthy the jets can be when they are deployed, and how much of the F-35 technology the UAE will be allowed to take advantage of.
Why should the United States be expected to sell weapons technology that contains just as many features and technological advancements as the ones used by the United States military?