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Al-Sisi resigns from army to run for presidency Subscription

27 March 2014, 5:48 GMT | By

Elections due to start on 30 March

Egypt’s Field Marshal Al-Sisi visits Abu Dhabi Subscription

12 March 2014, 10:41 GMT | By

Army chief oversees joint UAE-Egypt military exercise

Qatar enacts mandatory military service law Subscription

12 March 2014, 10:22 GMT | By

Male nationals who evade national service will not be eligible for jobs

UAE backs out of deal to buy BAE's Typhoon jets Subscription

22 December 2013, 6:09 GMT | By

BAE Systems also said it had not reached a renegotiated deal with Saudi Arabia

Frontrunner emerges for military maintenance facility in Al-Ain Subscription

17 December 2013, 6:15 GMT | By

Construction of hangars is planned to start in January

Iraq signs jet fighter deal with South Korea Subscription

12 December 2013, 14:29 GMT | By

The $1.1bn agreement covers 24 light fighter aircraft

UN to inspect Libya’s uranium stockpiles Subscription

12 December 2013, 10:00 GMT | By

Uranium reserves being guarded by army

Saudi Arabia and UAE to buy $10.8bn of US weapons Subscription

22 October 2013, 9:55 GMT | By

Hardware requested include bunker-buster bombs and cruise missiles

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Defence trends

UAE armoured vehicle

Region invests in arms capabilities Subscription

21 July 2013, 9:57 GMT | By

Gulf countries have been developing military production capacity through offset programmes

F-16 jets: Part of a $1.3bn arms package to Egypt

Washington’s defence dilemma Subscription

18 July 2013, 9:22 GMT | By James Gavin

The decision to deliver fighter jets to Egypt’s military after its ousting of Mursi raises questions about US arms policy in the Middle East during a time of unprecedented regional tension

Middle East contracts awarded April 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: April 2013 Video Subscription

5 May 2013, 7:41 GMT

Just over $12bn-worth of contracts were awarded in April

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Kuwait: File keeping cabinets Subscription

11 April 2014, 9:45 GMT | By

Supply of automatic file keeping cabinets

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Data

Defence data Subscription

February 2013 Online Content

A look at the Middle East’s defence data

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