The United Arab Emirates is set for the time being with its airlift and tanker capabilities, but may look to modernize its assets in the future, a top UAE general said.

Brig. Gen. Staff Pilot Rashed M. Al Shamsi, the UAE commander of Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, also said pooling mobility assets amongst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations “might be” a solution to the needs of a coalition that has now topped 40,000 flight hours during Saudi-led operations in Yemen.

“The balance for us is right, for the time being,” Shamsi said at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference, held here Saturday. “But we are always looking for the future. … For the time being the assets that we have is good enough. That doesn’t mean we are not looking to modernize or increase” that fleet. […]