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UAE suspending F-35 discussions with US: ["Abraham Accords"], 14 Dec
50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, 18 MQ-9B: "The White House referred comment on the deal to the State Department."
[$23B:] Blinken says US ready to proceed with sale of F-35s to UAE, 15 Dec
A UAE official told Reuters on Tuesday that the nation would suspend talks over "technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysis." The official added that the U.S. is still the UAE's "preferred provider" of the weapons and that discussions "may be reopened in the future."

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the sale could be impacted by the UAE's growing ties to China, which sparked concerns that Abu Dhai might allow China to access the technology.

by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 02:46:51 PM EST
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US Navy fires laser weapon in Mideast amid [Houthis'] drone boat threat
The test Tuesday [14 Dec]  saw the USS Portland test-fire its Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at the target in the Gulf of Aden, the body of water separating East Africa from the Arabian Peninsula. ...The Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, has its home port in San Diego. The ship is deployed as part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group that's now in the Mideast.
by Cat on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 12:08:57 AM EST
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