The United Arab Emirates has overlooked a Russian arms deal, signing a contract worth $3.3 billion to buy missiles from a US firm instead.
The contract with US defense contractor Raytheon will provide the UAE with American-made Patriot missiles, Abu Dhabi based-newspaper National reported Saturday.
The agreement will also include the provision of necessary technology and training for the medium-range missile system, which is part of a multi-tiered defensive shield.
According to the Emirati paper, the UAE was previously prepared to turn to Russia for the purchase of an air defense system. However, the Arab sheikhdom chose the US firm to reinforce its strategic military links with Washington.
The US Defense Department announced in September that it had proposed the sale of helicopters and the Terminal High Altitud
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