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UAE to order 12 L-15 light attack planes from China

The purchase of light attack planes from China is part of the UAE’s efforts to diversify weapon suppliers.

 

ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates plans to order 12 L-15 light attack planes from China, with the option of purchasing 36 more, the UAE state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

The purchase is part of the oil-rich Gulf state’s efforts to diversify weapon suppliers, it said, citing a defence ministry statement.

The UAE air force operates mainly American-made F-16 and French-made Mirage fighters. It ordered Rafale jets from France last year.