All United Arab Emirates Air Force articles

  • Rafale for UAE

    Dassault buoyed by Falcon and Rafale order performance in 2022


    Dassault Aviation saw strong order intake in 2022, with both its business jet and defence divisions outstripping their prior-year performance.

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    UAE triggers 80-aircraft Rafale contract


    Dassault Aviation has received the first payment from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Gulf state’s purchase of Rafale fighters, bringing the contract into force and adding 80 aircraft to the French firm’s backlog.

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    UAE signs record export deal for 80 Rafale fighters


    Dassault has scored a record export order for the Rafale, with the United Arab Emirates signing for 80 examples of the multi-role fighter.

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    USA approves $23bn sale of F-35s, MQ-9Bs and thousands of weapons to UAE


    The US Department of State has approved the sale of an aircraft and weapons package worth up to $23.37 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including 50 examples of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter.

  • GlobalEye

    UAE takes second GlobalEye from Saab


    The United Arab Emirates air force has received its second GlobalEye surveillance aircraft from Saab.

  • Saab delivers first GlobalEye

    UAE takes delivery of first Saab GlobalEye


    The United Arab Emirates’ first of potentially five GlobalEye swing-role surveillance aircraft has touched down in Abu Dhabi following a delivery flight from Linkoping, Sweden.

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    UAE tops up GlobalEye, MRTT orders


    Saab is celebrating after the United Arab Emirates, its launch customer for the GlobalEye airborne surveillance system, announced its intention to order two additional units of the Bombardier Global 6000-based platform.

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    DUBAI: UAE highlights technology transfer priorities


    The UAE is looking to use a technology transfer policy to help Emirati companies catch up and position themselves in areas that are seen by many as the future of the aerospace defence industry.

  • GlobalEye Grenada - Saab

    Saab targets April delivery for UAE's first GlobalEye


    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is on track to receive its first GlobalEye swing-role surveillance system aircraft within the next 12 months, Saab chief executive Hakan Buskhe has disclosed.

  • Second Saab GlobalEye - Saab

    PICTURES: Saab's second GlobalEye makes flight debut for UAE


    Saab's second of three GlobalEye surveillance aircraft on order for launch customer the United Arab Emirates (UAE) completed a 2h 54min debut flight from its Linkoping site in Sweden on 3 January.

  • UAE air force Global 6000 - Mark Kwiatkowski/Fligh

    PICTURE: Project Dolphin surfaces with UAE air force markings


    ​The United Arab Emirates' secretive programme to adapt a pair of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets for an unspecified special-mission role has made a significant advance, with the lead example having been moved to the UK Ministry of Defence's Boscombe Down site in Wiltshire for further testing.

  • GlobalEye roll-out - Saab

    PICTURE: Saab unveils first GlobalEye for UAE


    Saab has unveiled its first GlobalEye surveillance aircraft, revealing the extensively modified Bombardier Global 6000 business jet in the livery of launch customer the United Arab Emirates air force.

  • UAE Mirage 2000-9s - Dassault

    Mirage upgrade to boost UAE's defences


    ​While its years-long search for a future fighter continues, the United Arab Emirates has revealed a plan to modernise its in-service fleet of French-supplied combat aircraft.

  • News

    UAE picks C295 for airlift renewal


    The United Arab Emirates air force is to update its medium transport capabilities, with a new fleet of Airbus Defence & Space C295s to enter service from late next year.

  • Global Eye 2017 - Saab

    ANALYSIS: Saab on a high with GlobalEye


    ​Two years ago, the Dubai air show’s surprise deal followed the appearance of a nondescript press notice, which pointed simply to an “announcement” between the United Arab Emirates air force and Saab.

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    UAE deal drives interest in Saab's GlobalEye


    ​Saab has begun work to modify a pair of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets to its “swing-role” GlobalEye configuration for lead customer the United Arab Emirates.

  • P.1HH Hammerhead UAV - Piaggio

    UAE announced as first export customer for Hammerhead UAV


    Piaggio Aero has secured the first export order for its P.1HH Hammerhead unmanned air vehicle, following the United Arab Emirates’ decision to acquire eight of the type.

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    SINGAPORE: Saab introduces GlobalEye AEW aircraft


    Saab has officially launched a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft called GlobalEye, combining its new Erieye ER active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar with Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet.

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    DUBAI: UAE signs $1.2bn surveillance deal with Saab


    ​While all the talk in the run-up to the Dubai air show was about the prospects for large commercial orders being announced, it was the United Arab Emirates air force that opened sales, with a surprise, $1.27 billion contract with Saab for advanced surveillance aircraft.

  • UAE A330 MRTT - BillyPix

    DUBAI: Combat-tested A330 MRTT to get technology boost


    The United Arab Emirates air force is exhibiting one of its Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transports (MRTT), having gained the ability since the last show to use the phrase “combat-proven”.