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Senate raises concern about potential $24B sale of F-35s, Reapers to UAE

Senate raises concern about potential $24B sale of F-35s, Reapers to UAE

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Members of Congress indicated concern over the planned sale of military equipment totaling $ 23.4 billion to the United Arab Emirates. This week the State Department approved three weapons deals, of $ 10.4 billion for 50 F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take-Off and Landing aircraft, $ 10 billion for 800 AIM-120C8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and $ 2.97 billion for 18 Weapons-Ready MQ-9B "Reaper" Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Advertisement The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to demand that the State Department certify the deal "does not diminish Israel's qualitative military edge and poses no vulnerabilities to U.S. military systems and technology." The language has been included in a 2021 funding bill for the State Department. While the Defense Sec...