U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Jack Reed asked for details of the proposed sale of F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They sent a corresponding letter to the heads of the State Department and the Pentagon.
The policy document reminded that the UAE, among other things, cooperates with Russia and China in the arms sector. In addition, in 2017 Abu Dhabi and Moscow signed an agreement, which includes the development of fifth-generation fighter aircraft and the purchase of Russian Su-35 aircraft.
Senators have questioned whether the UAE has given any assurances and guarantees regarding the protection of U.S. technology from Russia and China, which allegedly may participate in these programs. The Abu Dhabi deal could pose a threat to U.S. national security and the security of U.S. troops, politicians said.
They also added in the letter that the F-35 fighter is one of the most advanced in the world and gives the United States and its partner “a huge military advantage.
Menendez and Reid also expressed concerns about the accelerated deadline for the deal. In their opinion, this option will prevent specialists from comprehensively considering the feasibility of selling the F-35 UAE.
In September, U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner spoke about the situation around the sale of F-35 fighters. He said that the American administration was “seriously discussing” this issue.
“Let’s see what happens when we consult with Israel, Congress and other partners,” Kushner added.