Sunday, July 10, 2016

The U.S. Air Force Wants The Congress To Expedite Fighter Jet Sales To The Middle East

A F18 Super Hornet creates a vapor cone as it flies at a transonic speed while doing a flyby of the USS Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia, in the Atlantic Ocean, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/MARK WILSON/POOL

Reuters: U.S. Air Force urges decision on delayed Mideast fighter jet sales

A top U.S. Air Force official on Sunday urged the U.S. government to speed up its consideration of long-standing bids by Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain to buy U.S. fighter jets, citing growing frustration among the key U.S. allies in the Gulf about delays in the process.

Air Force Deputy Undersecretary Heidi Grant said she was trying to reassure officials in those countries that Washington's failure to approve billions of dollars of U.S. arms sales to them would not alter the strong bilateral air force-to-air force relationships that exist.

"I would like to see a decision soon," Grant told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow in southern England. Grant said she "absolutely" saw growing frustration among officials in the three countries, which have asked to buy a variety of U.S. fighter planes.

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WNU Editor: I guess these U.S. military officials are feeling the heat from their allies in the Middle East.

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