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UAE signs $2.6bn military deals at Dubai Airshow

People attend the Dubai Airshow 2017 at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, UAE on 12 November 2017 [Mahmoud Khaled/Anadolu Agency]

The United Arab Emirates has signed nearly $2.67 billion worth of military deals on the second day of the Dubai International Airshow.

Executive Director of Defence, Industry and Capability Development at the Ministry of Defence, Major General Saleh Al-Baloushi said Abu Dahbi signed $1.77 billion worth of deals on Sunday and $892 million worth of deals on the second day of the airshow.

The deals signed with international companies include the provision of technical and administrative services, logistical support for helicopters, maintenance and logistic support services for reconnaissance aircrafts, the purchase of Black Hawk aircrafts and other deals.

On Sunday, the UAE armed forces signed a deal with Lockheed Martin for $1.63 billion to upgrade 80 F-16 fighter jets as well as the provision of spare parts and technical support equipment.

The Dubai Airshow 2017, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, kicked off on Sunday with about 1,200 exhibitors from 63 countries.

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