Middle Eastern air arms may not be on budgets as tight as their compatriots’ in Europe, yet they are increasingly looking for more cost-effective means of delivering the effects of air power. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has spent billions of dollars on Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 60s, so it seems odd that a country that prides itself on buying advanced weaponry is also investing in rather more austere platforms—partly for its own special-operations units but also to support its ...

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