"A bit rich"? Other people have been commenting freely on the validity of UAE choices, including you. All I'm doing is reminding people of what keeps being ignored by some posters, which is that there is a damn good military reason for the UAE wanting to buy a non-US aircraft, a reason which was a large part of the justification for the UAE spending billions of dollars not very long ago, & which, until someone comes up with evidence to the contrary (& nobody has, yet), is still valid. Any discussion of possible UAE purchases should refer to it, because without such a reference, the discussion is incomplete. It's one of those things our transatlantic allies (trans-Pacific for you) refer to as 'an elephant in the room'. Any serious comment either has to explain why it has ceased to matter, or at least ask if it has. Pretending it isn't there isn't a sustainable position.
Again, that was the case. I've never denied that. You've hardly shown that it remains the case, nor will be in the future however and if the report IS correct that UAE are seeking 'technical information' in relation to the Super Hornet, they are hardly likely to seriously pursue such an option, unless they CAN adequately replace their Black Shaheen/ M2K capability.
I'd suggest we'll see a DSCA announcement in the very near future about this very issue. Then we will know what is and isn't on the table. Personally I'd suggest that JSOW and SLAM-ER at the lesst will be available for UAE, given they've already been exported to the wider Middle East region...
I've not heard of any Gulf state being allowed to buy a US-built equivalent of Black Shaheen, or being allowed to fit any similar non-US weapon to a US-built aircraft. None of the US stand-off weapons sold or offered to Gulf states is in the same league as Black Shaheen. Upgraded Saudi Tornadoes have been seen conducting test flights in the UK with Storm Shadow, but note the country of origin of both aircraft & weapon.
Apologies, I meant the wider Region, rather than the Gulf. My fault for posting from an Iphone...
However, the US stance on delivering weapons with advanced capabilities, seems to be largely based on the perceived 'regional balance' in terms of known arms transfers. So why I state it is dangerous to assert something as fact, when the information you are basing your opinion on is more than ten years old is because of this statement.
Since the UAE have acquired the Black Shaheen standoff missile and French BVR air to air missile capabilities, their own access to advanced US weapons has increased significantly. UAE has since been sold Harpoon Block II and the ATACMS ballistic missile system as well as advanced AMRAAM, air defence weapon systems and modern JDAM/ EGBU Paveway weapons. Other regional standoff weapons capabilities now include:
Saudi Arabia - Storm Shadow, Harpoon Block II.
Bahrain - ATACMS.
Egypt - Harpoon Block II.
Turkey - Harpoon Block II, SLAM-ER, JSOW, ATACMS.
Israel - Harpoon Block II, Popeye AGM, SDB 1 etc.
Iran - C-704, C-802 air to surface missiles.
Given the recent, yet increasing proliference of air to surface weapons capabilities in the Middle East, I think it a brave statement to argue that the US is and will continue to 'flatly deny' the sale of such weapons and therefore a Super Hornet purchase is nothing more than 'smoke and Mirrors'.
Other recent prospective Super Hornet buyers have been offered JSOW and SLAM-ER. I'd suggest the USA would be downright foolish not to offer the same for any UAE acquisition...