Explainer: What the F-35 sales to UAE could mean for the region

Explainer: What the F-35 sales to UAE could mean for the region

The United States has agreed to sell 50 advanced stealth F-35 jet fighters and 18 Reaper armed drones to the United Arab Emirates.

On Wednesday, the US Senate defeated an effort to block the sale of $23bn in advanced fighter jets and drones.

The move has the potential to change the balance of power in the region.

So, why is the F-35 arguably the most powerful fighter jet in the world?