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UPDATE 1-UAE announces $2 bln in defence contracts, confirms Saab GlobalEye deal

(Writes through, adds detail that Saab contract previously announced, changes dateline to Abu Dhabi)

ABU DHABI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates armed forces on Monday announced at the Abu Dhabi defence exhibition it had signed defence contracts worth 7.293 billion dirhams ($2 billion) with local and international firms, state news agency WAM reported.

The deals included a 3.74 billion dirhams contract with Saab for GlobalEye surveillance systems that was disclosed by the manufacturer in January. It also included a 2.61 billion dirhams agreement for Patriot missiles from Raytheon.

A day earlier, the armed forces announced 5 billion dirhams in local and international deals on the first day of the week-long exhibition. ($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham) (Writing by Alexander Cornwell, editing by Louise Heavens and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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