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What Israel’s Peace Pact With UAE, Bahrain Means For US Arms Sales, Defense Contractors

KEY POINTS

  • UAE and Bahrain are already significant recipients of U.S. arms exports
  • Bahrain has a “strong interest” in the U.S. Navy maintaining its Fifth Fleet headquarters
  • Lockheed Martin is presumably a big winner from these new geopolitical arrangements

The peace agreement recently signed by Israel with  the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain  and brokered by the White House raises many questions about geopolitics in the turbulent Persia Gulf region. But the new geostrategic realities may also open up some opportunities for U.S. defense contractors to increase sales of their products in the Middle East.

Jodi Vittori, research and policy manager at Transparency International, an anti-corruption organization, told International Business Times that both the UAE and Bahrain are already significant recipients of U.S. arms exports.

“For the UAE, the ability to purchase high performance aircraft like the F-35 and EA-18G Growler seems to be a keen motivation [for recognizing Israel],”

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