Middle East Military Air Power - Towards Air Superiority: Market Report
Middle East defence acquisition strategy is influenced and shaped by the members of the ruling royal family in respective countries, and institutional power though growing, still comes second in most procurement decisions. Political clout of a country of origin influences procurement decisions as mush as the credibility of a company. This is particularly a dampener for the European companies against the US counterparts; most new air platforms are being procured from the US under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for geo-political reasons. But, at times, the governments tend to balance the relationship through sourcing from elsewhere (Europe and Russia).
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