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Russia's Checkmate fighter jet on display at the MAKS international air exhibition. Source: Screenshot.

Russia’s new ‘Checkmate’ stealth jet expected to arrive in the Middle East

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As soon as it can enter into operations, the new Russian single-engine stealth fighter jet will likely arrive in the Middle East through future arms sales to local countries, though this does not form...
The four women who earned their IAF wings last week. Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Israeli Air Force welcomes fifth-ever female fighter pilot

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Four women and 35 men received their Israeli Air Force wings last week at a graduation ceremony in Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev Desert. The newly minted IAF pilots include the first woman...
Negotiations in Vienna, Austria, between Iran and European Union, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and China. Source: European External Action Service/Twitter.

US sending team to Mideast to calm fears over Iran deal

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A team of U.S. envoys is being dispatched to calm the fears of regional allies because of efforts by the Biden administration to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Their plans may include visiting Saudi Arabia,...
An F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fires an AIM 120 missile at the Utah Test and Training Range on Aug. 17, 2017. Credit: U.S. Department of Defense/Scott Wolff.

Biden administration to proceed with $23 billion arms sale to UAE

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The Biden administration has announced its intention to Congress to move ahead with weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, following a review of the deal struck by the Trump administration, Reuters reported on...
The flags of the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Bahrain seen on the side of a road in the city of Netanya on Sept. 14, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Biden decision on weapons sales to Gulf states ‘important test’ for Israeli-Sunni alliance

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The forthcoming decision by the Biden administration on whether or not to proceed with major weapons sales to Gulf states, signed by the previous Trump administration in the context of the Abraham Accords, form...
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs (center) lead a formation of Royal Air Force F-35B Lightnings (left) and Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning IIs (right) during Exercise Tri-Lightning over the Mediterranean Sea on June 25, 2019. Photo: Staff Sgt. Keifer Bowes/U.S. Air Force.

UAE confident of F-35 deal, despite Biden administration hold on arms sales

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The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, said on Monday that he was confident the pending sale of F-35 jets would go through after the Biden administration concludes its review of...
An F-22 Raptor flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan on a routine training mission in 2009. Credit: Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway via Wikimedia Commons.

Report: US approves sending F-22 fighter jets to Israel

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The Trump administration has reportedly approved the sale of F-22 stealth fighters to the Jewish state, according to an article last week in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, citing senior sources in Israel. The report said that U.S. Defense...
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft. Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo/Alex R. Loyd.

America plans to sell 50 F-35 fighter jets to UAE

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The U.S. State Department informally notified Congress on Thursday that it intends to sell 50 F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, announced U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.). The deal, which must...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz sign an agreement that Gantz said will “ensure the quality edge of the Israeli defense establishment and the IDF in the coming decades.” Credit: Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Israeli and American defense establishments agree on accelerated defense deliveries

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Days after Benny Gantz returned to Israel from the United States to hammer out a new procurement arrangement ahead of an imminent announcement by the United States over the sale of F-35 stealth fighter...
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft. Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo/Alex R. Loyd.

Report: Qatar makes formal request to acquire F-35 jets

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Qatar submitted a formal request in recent weeks to the United States to acquire Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, reported Reuters on Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the matter. If completed, a deal could complicate or even...