Seems like a pure commercial play by UAE. They are investing in the program not ncessarily acquiring it. Over time, they will build a knowledge base on various aspect of developing and manufacturing a complex weapon system and make some money from the sales to other countries.Why need this when UAE is getting F35 ? This must be a back up plan if US sanctions F35 or its a bargaining chip to make US release F35s.
This is not back-up plans but likely bulk purchasing and making the airforce more robust by having different platforms ala Egypt and another factor is that UAE will retire thier mirage 2000 in few years so they need depth and quantityWhy need this when UAE is getting F35 ? This must be a back up plan if US sanctions F35 or its a bargaining chip to make US release F35s.
As well as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, the whole MENA region and Africa too..this is on top of South Asian countries.. It seems it has a good market..I think checkmate fighter would suit PAF well.
Dear UAE , let the bitter pills and haters hate all they want, you continue getting involved in anything and everything and progress and evolve.
All these haters want is for the UAE to sit back, drink petrol and scratch their bellies. Any sign of progress or activity or will to achieve ANGERS them and causes them heart ache .......
you know who you are. You are a broken record. You are boring. You bring NOTHING of value to the table. Just hate and bitterness like the old fart that lives down the street and hates everybody including himself.