UAE buys Saab surveillance planes in $1.27 bln deal

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum (centre), Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, tours the Dubai Airshow on November 8, 2015The United Arab Emirates Air Force announced Monday a $1.27-billion deal with Swedish defence giant Saab to purchase two surveillance planes and upgrade two others. The two new aircraft are Global 6000 surveillance planes, while the old planes to be upgraded are part of the UAE’s fleet of Saab 340s, said Major General Abdullah al-Hashimi at a joint press conference at the Dubai Airshow. The purchase “supports surveillance capabilities” of the Gulf nation’s Air Force, he said.

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