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UAE to buy Hellfire missiles and aircraft survivability equipment

5th August 2009 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates of 362 HELLFIRE Missiles, 15 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) four radar-warning receivers, and related equipment and services. The estimated cost is $526 million.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates has requested a possible sale of 362 AGM-114N3 HELLFIRE Missiles, 15 AAR-57 CMWS, 21 AN/APR-39A (V) four Radar Warning Receivers, eight AN/APX-118 Transponders, 19 AN/PRC-117 Radios, 15 AN/ASN-128D Doppler Radars, six AN/ARC-231 Radios, 15 Data Transfer Modules/Cartridges.

Also included are engineering and installation, transportation, engineering change proposals, depot maintenance, communications equipment, repair and return, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related support elements.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale of the weapons will allow the United Arab Emirates to deploy aircraft to materially assist the US in overseas contingency operations.

The support equipment will strengthen the effectiveness and interoperability of a potential coalition partner, reduce the dependence on US forces in the region, and enhance any coalition operations the US may undertake. The United Arab Emirates will have no difficulty absorbing this support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this weapon system will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be:

Science and Engineering Services, Inc (SES-I) Columbia, Md.
British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) Rockville, Md.
L3 Corporation Canton, Mass.
Boeing Aircraft Corporation Mesa, Ariz.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Orlando, Fla
Northrop Grumman Baltimore, Md
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Owego, N.Y.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional US Government or contractor representatives to the UAE.

There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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