The U.S. and the UAE hope to sign an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Emirati state in place by December, as the Donald Trump administration contemplates how to structure a deal without running afoul of Israel.
The sources close to the negotiations told that there is a goal to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec 2.
Any deal in this regard must also satisfy decades of agreement with Israel that states that any US weapons sold to the region must not impair Israel’s “qualitative military edge, ensuring that US weapons furnished to Israel are superior in capability to those that are sold to its neighboring countries.
In the light of this scenario United States is studying ways to make the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, two sources said.
Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz was due to meet his US counterpart Mark Esper in Washington on Tuesday.