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ABU DHABI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates' state-owned weapons maker EDGE expects to be involved in the supply chain of Lockheed Martin's F-35 war plane if the sale of U.S. planes to the Gulf Arab state goes ahead, its chief executive said on Tuesday.


U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is re-examining the sale of 50 F-35 stealth jets, 18 armed drones and other military equipment approved by former President Donald Trump during his last days in office.
"Any platform that is coming to the country, we are now getting heavily involved in this supply chain in whatever component that makes sense for the client and for us," EDGE CEO Faisal al-Bannai said at Abu Dhabi's Idex defence exhibition.


EDGE, a $5 billion state defence conglomerate, could integrate subsystems, products and weapons, perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work and also develop weapons such as missiles for the jet, he said.


EDGE and Lockheed later announced in a statement they had reached a preliminary agreement to jointly "explore industrial participation opportunities across the UAE's aerospace and defence industry."
The statement did not mention the F-35 or any other system.


The Gulf state, one of Washington’s closest Middle Eastern allies, was promised a chance to buy the war planes when it established formal ties with Israel last year.


EDGE was in "advanced discussion" with several Israeli defence companies about jointly funding and developing missiles and unmanned platforms, Bannai said without identifying the firms.
"Quite soon there will be announcements," he said.

It is not clear when Washington will complete its review, though even if approved the first F-35 is not expected to be delivered for several years.


"Every country has their own process. I think they will go through their process and come to what is a right decision for them," Bannai said of the U.S. review.


The UAE's Ambassador to Washington Yousef al-Otaiba has said he is confident the sale would go through.


The jets are a major component of a $23 billion sale of high-tech armaments from General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp to the UAE.


The F-35, the world's most advanced war plane, would give the UAE a "huge deterrence capability" against regional foe Iran, an Arab diplomat in the Gulf told Reuters.


"The F-35 gives a lot of control over the Gulf skies. It's a big thing. It's a game changer for the UAE," the diplomat said.


EDGE, tasked with supplying advanced weapons to the UAE armed forces, is focused on developing drones, unmanned vehicles, smart weapons and electronic warfare equipment rather than conventional weaponry.


"We are a small country in size and population ... we are extremely focused on deploying more smarter technology that can apply a 'force multiplier' to our army," Bannai said.


EDGE is developing a directed energy system, to be unveiled next year, that can be used against aerial and land threats.


EDGE announced on Tuesday it would supply Rheinmetall's Oerlikon Skynex air defence system with a short-range interceptor missile system known as SkyKnight.


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Who can keybosh a $23 billion legitimate deal in the US..?
You have it backwards. Who is going to stop them from tearing it up? Who can force the US gov't and it's military to allow a US and US gov't funded corporation to provide the UAE advanced weapons?
 

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You have it backwards. Who is going to stop them from tearing it up? Who can force the US gov't and it's military to allow a US and US gov't funded corporation to provide the UAE advanced weapons?
You seem ignorant in the relationships between economics and politics.. so leave it there till we see the outcome..
 

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You seem ignorant in the relationships between economics and politics.. so leave it there till we see the outcome..
WTF are you talking about outcome? I never said they would nix the deal. I said they should. I wouldn't sell weapons to likely or potential enemies. I wouldn't sell weapons or provide technology to stupid people/thugs.
I should add that to the people with the technology I would included among the stupid people because I am capable of creating no advanced technology.
 
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@JamD Here's an example of a well-run state-owned enterprise. I guess the difference between UAE's EDGE and PAC et. al is that EDGE is run by experts from the field, not sheikhs. The sheikhs have figured out that it's a better idea to delegate and, instead, sit back and collect the ROI checks.

I don't for the life of me get .. .why is it so difficult for our generals to just sit back? I get it, we need to appoint them to non-frontline positions, fine, but why does it have to be chairman of XYZ? Why can't it be, "sit on the board of HIT" or the "special advisory council of PAC" ??? Same pay and same benefits, just don't interfere! All you have to do is sit back and collect the net-benefits and proceeds that come from the goose. The UAE gets it. The Turks get it. The Chinese get it. Why aren't we getting it?
 

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@JamD Here's an example of a well-run state-owned enterprise. I guess the difference between UAE's EDGE and PAC et. al is that EDGE is run by experts from the field, not sheikhs. The sheikhs have figured out that it's a better idea to delegate and, instead, sit back and collect the ROI checks.
Basically everyone BUT us has this figured out.


I don't for the life of me get .. .why is it so difficult for our generals to just sit back? I get it, we need to appoint them to non-frontline positions, fine, but why does it have to be chairman of XYZ? Why can't it be, "sit on the board of HIT" or the "special advisory council of PAC" ??? Same pay and same benefits, just don't interfere! All you have to do is sit back and collect the net-benefits and proceeds that come from the goose. The UAE gets it. The Turks get it. The Chinese get it. Why aren't we getting it?
In my opinion it is a dangerous combination of savior complex and greed. More and more I feel like just giving up.
 

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