The United States expects no near-term sales in the Gulf region for the F-35 warplane, saying current fourth-generation military aircraft with new upgrades are capable of handling the threats the region faces, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

“I do not anticipate any near-term sales for the F-35 in the region,” Frank Kendall, U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics, told reporters in Abu Dhabi.

“I think it would be a very sensitive sale to try to bring about for a lot of reasons.” […]