Russia challenges USA in new arms deal with UAE

Technicians prepare Ilyushin Il-76TD long-haul cargo aircrafts for the upcoming MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 21, 2015. The MAKS-2015 will be held in Zhukovsky from August 25 to 30. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Until the end of this year, Russia may ship super-(able to be easily steered and controlled) Su-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates. The talks on the delivery of the Su-35 in the interests of the UAE are going according to schedule. If they end successfully,the (clearly connected or related) contract is likely to be signed before the end of 2017, Maria Vorobyova, an official representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said at Army-2017 Forum. Earlier, the UAE used to buy/own/receive 90% of arms from the United States. These days, they have come to (understand/make real/achieve) that they can no longer depend on America alone. Anything can happen at any moment. Itis important for them to sign a contract with Russia. As far as I know, the Emirates are interested in buying not only our (airplane-related things), but also (protected by metal or another covering) vehicles, as well as anti-tank (rocket-fired weapons/high-speed flying weapons).The multi-vector cooperation with the UAB is just the right situation. Of course, the Americans, having received/got a large contract, certainly would not want the Emirates and Russia to cooperate in the field of defense, but there’s nothing they can do about it. General Director of Russian Technologies Corporation, Sergei Chemezov, spoke about the start of the talks with the UAE in November 2015. Almost a year and a half later, in February 2017, he said that Russia signed a written note with the Emirates, on the basis of which a further deal would be prepared. Two months ago, Drnitry Shugaev, director of FSMTC, when talking about a contract with the UAE concerning Su-35 combat aircraft, stressed that it would be a large-scale deal for the supply of dozens of aircraft. The contract for the supply of Su-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates can be signed before the end of the year. Probably, the importance of this event will grow in the light of the major deal that Donald Trump has (not very long ago) ended/decided on the Arab Peninsula

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