No near-term Sales of F-35 War Planes in the Gulf: Pentagon

Published Date : Feb 23, 2015

The United States has stated that it is not expecting any near-term sales for the F-35 jet planes in the Gulf region, stating that the fourth-generation models in current military aircraft, with new upgrades, are capable enough of effectively handling the threats currently faced by the region. 

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics of the U.S. stated that he does not anticipate any sales in the near term for the fighter jets F-35. He added that the sales would be a very sensitive sale for trying and bringing about for many reasons.

The F-35 is a fifth-generation war plane designed by the company Lockheed Martin Corp, featuring the ability to be nearly invisible to radars of the enemy.

Kendall stated that the threats that the Gulf currently faces can be effectively dealt with the current war planes in United Arab Emirates stores – of the 80 Block 60 F-16 jet planes.  United Arab Emirates has requested that these planes to be upgraded to Block 61 which would be able to carry stand-off arms and ammunitions. United Arab Emirates has also requested for an additional 30 Block 61 jet planes.

French company Dassault Aviation has sold twenty four Rafale fighter jets to in this month to Egypt alone, prompting industry sources in saying that other regional governments might also place demand for the aircraft. A senior French source stated in the last week that Qatar was also planning to buy 36 Rafale jets, and that the talks were in the final stage of their negotiations.
The UAE has also been considering the jet plane Typhoon, built by Eurofighter, the defense products manufacturing company based in Germany, Britain, Spain, and Italy.