U.S. approves $23.37 billion sale of advanced defense equipment to UAE, Pompeo says

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. October 21, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. has approved the sale of a $23.37 billion package of advanced defense equipment to the United Arab Emirates, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

The package includes up to 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft, up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems, and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

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