The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is taking major steps to develop indigenous capabilities to develop airdropped weapons. Like their neighbors in Saudi Arabia, the Emiratis envision developing high-tech defense capabilities and exporting them. But the move also reflects the Gulf state’s recent struggles in procuring advanced weapons from the U.S. In July, the U.S. Congress blocked plans to transfer guided rockets and missiles to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh over humanitarian concerns about the ...

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