UK defence sales to the United Arab Emirates, including Hawk aircraft

FCO 8/3923 1981 Jan 01 - 1981 Dec 31

This file concerns HMG’s efforts to secure contracts for the sale of Hawk training aircraft to the UAE. It contains correspondence and memoranda on:

  • Details of separate negotiations with Abu Dhabi and Dubai; the signing of a contract for eight Hawk aircraft by Dubai
  • The assessment of the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the influence his own decision had on Abu Dhabi’s purchase of Hawks
  • Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s concerns regarding commissions being paid for the Hawk sale in response to reports in the UK press and Parliament, and his insistence on the sale being undertaken on a government-to-government basis
  • The question of the sale to Abu Dhabi being undertaken directly between its Government and British Aerospace (BAe)
  • A proposed visit by a French sales team to Abu Dhabi

This file also contains correspondence and memoranda concerning:

  • Efforts to secure the contract for an electronic warfare package with the UAE; and the formation of a British consortium for this purpose consisting of GEC Marconi Electronics Limited and Racal-Decca Marine Limited
  • The question of undertaking naval exports to the UAE
  • The provision of English language training
  • The proposed visit of BAe Chairman Sir Raymond Lygo to oversee an effort to improve the performance of the Rapier missile system
  • General defence sales prospects in the UAE