DUBAI—The United Arab Emirates is set to purchase the locally developed Calidus B-250 counterinsurgency aircraft. In a surprise announcement on the fourth day of Dubai Airshow here, Emirati officials revealed plans to purchase 24 of the aircraft for 2.27 billion dirham ($600 million). The deal is a significant boost for the Al Ain, UAE-based company which first revealed the B-250, a collaboration with Brazilian developer Novaer, at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. Officials declined to say ...

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