Israel and the United States have signed an agreement on new cooperation on advanced arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an effort to boost its defense capabilities, The Jerusalem Times reported Wednesday.
The two countries have agreed to continue the two-year cooperation agreement that has been in place since 2010.
The agreement, which also calls for a new set of defense cooperation projects, was signed during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
U.S.-Israel Defense Force Chief Lieutenant General James D. Mattis said the agreement will “add to the UAE’s capabilities in the field of precision munitions, armor and other components needed to sustain a modern, capable and effective defense.”
The deal is expected to include the establishment of a defense research center in the UAE and cooperation in the development of advanced weapons systems, defense sources told The Times of Israel.
The defense cooperation agreement will also include the U,S.
and other countries sharing information on defense technologies and capabilities.
The deal was signed in November and covers more than 1,200 products from a range of industries, including aerospace, aerospace engineering, defense, energy and defense technology.