21 juillet 2022 | International, Aérospatial

U.S. State Department OKs potential sale of C-17 aircraft support to UAE -Pentagon

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of C-17 aircraft sustainment and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates for an estimated cost of $980.4 million, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us-state-department-oks-potential-sale-c-17-aircraft-support-uae-pentagon-2022-07-19/

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