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[IWAR] UAE May Exit Deal To Buy 80 F-16s
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You don't get the software because that's how we control
the stuff we sell you.
Asimov's Foundation? Sandia rants? No, its the towelheads meet reality.
>Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 10:18:35 -0800 (PST)
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>Subject: [IWAR] UAE May Exit Deal To Buy 80 F-16s
>UAE May Exit Deal To Buy 80 F-16s
> By ANWAR FARUQI Associated Press Writer
> ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates says it
> may pull out of an $8 billion deal to buy 80 F-16s from Lockheed Martin
> Corp. because it wants the jet fighters equipped with technology that is
> restricted by Washington.
> The UAE wants software codes for the F-16 Fighting Falcons' electronic
> warfare systems that would enable the planes to discern whether other
> aircraft are friendly or hostile.
> The United States does not allow release of the full codes.
> ``We have special requests, which we seek to have met in order to
> provide for our country's security and stability,'' armed forces chief
> of staff Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Sunday.
> ``We are still studying the deal with our friends. We have asked for
> certain requirements. If they are not met, then the UAE has other
> options in the international market,'' Sheik Mohammed said at the
> International Defense Exhibition, the Middle East's largest arms show.
> Lockheed officials at the exhibition refused to comment today on Sheik
> Mohammed's remarks. In the past, the company has said it would be
> willing to provide any technology to buyers were it not for U.S.
> government restrictions.
> The F-16 deal, announced in May 1998, was hailed as an economic boon for
> the United States -- especially for Fort Worth, Texas, where Lockheed
> Martin assembles the F-16. It was expected to provide thousands of jobs
> for the Bethesda, Md.,-based company.
> (PROFILE (CO:Lockheed Martin Corp; TS:LMT;) )
> AP-NY-03-15-99 1025EST
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