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AIRSHOW-UAE agrees $1.6 bln deal with Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16 fighters

From Reuters - November 12, 2017

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DUBAI, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will pay Lockheed Martin Corp 6 billion dirhams ($1.63 billion) to upgrade 80 F-16 jet fighters, a Defence Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

Major General Abdullah Al Sayed Al Hashemi, Chief of the Military Committee and spokesman for the UAE Armed Forces was speaking at a news conference at the Dubai Airshow.

The ministry also announced other deals, including 66 million dirhams to U.S.-based OTNA INC for Blu-109 ammunition and a 35 million dirham 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 Martins 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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