US Senate approves sale of F-35 jets to UAE

In one of the largest arms deals of its four-year term, the outgoing Trump administration has approved $23 billion in stealth-capable F-35 jets. Most senators dismissed fears that President Donald Trump was setting off a dangerous arms race in the region.

Photo Credit to US Airforce

The White House in a statement said that the weapons would enable the UAE to “deter increasing Iranian aggressive behaviour and threats issued in the wake of the peace deal with Israel.”

The State Department said the UAE would buy 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters — equivalent to Israel’s fleet.