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Middle East [ROUND-UP]

Iran’s sabre-rattling and an imploding Yemen have had a direct effect on their regional neighbours, who broke out their cheque books for some major defence spending late last year.

Foremost among them was Saudi Arabia, which ordered nearly $30bn (€24bn) worth of new Boeing f-15s in December, along with an upgrade programme to boost its legacy Eagles to the same capability as the new ones. That followed on nine days after Riyadh had doubled an order for General Dynamics’ lav ii armoured vehicles. The US Department…


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