UAE reportedly signs for purchase of F-35s an hour before Biden sworn in

But new US administration has vowed to review deal, which was rushed through by Trump after Abu Dhabi agreed to normalize ties with Israel

Two US Navy F-35C Lightning II jets fly in formation during an exercise out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, November 16, 2018. (US Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe)

The United Arab Emirates reportedly signed an agreement to purchase 50 F-35s and 18 advanced Reaper drones from the US in what was Donald Trump’s final hour in the White House.

Democrats in Congress had sought last month to thwart what has been widely viewed as a side-agreement to the Israeli-UAE normalization deal brokered by the US. However, opponents failed to gain enough support on the Hill and the deal moved forward, leading to Wednesday’s signing reported by Reuters.

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