A last-minute announcement by the United Arab Emirates’ defense ministry at the Dubai Airshow has launched the UAE into the ranks of the world’s manufacturers of manned military aircraft.  Calidus received a 2.27 billion Dirham ($618 million) contract from the defense ministry on Nov. 20 for 20 Bader-250 (B-250) light attack and advanced trainer aircraft for the UAE Air Force.  Although negotiations over the final deal have continued for two years, the ...


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