The United Arab Emirates has embraced a conservative systems-acquisition approach to avoid development surprises and is focusing its latest round of purchases on proven systems. The country’s air force was stung by development problems on the F-16E Block 60, which was delivered even though some of the electronics subsystems were not up to par. Northrop Grumman expects to deliver another software installment next year to finally cure shortfalls in the F-16’s electronic support measures ...

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