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US approves $2 billion arms sale to UAE

15th May 2017 - 12:55 GMT | by Ben Brook in London


The US State Department has approved a $2 billion arms sale to the UAE.

Approved on 11 May, the deal includes 60 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missiles and 100 Patriot Guidance Enhanced-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles.

The package also entails US technical, engineering and logistical support, according to a statement released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

The UAE has operated Patriot missile batteries since 2009, enabling it to engage enemy missiles and aircraft. The two acquired armaments are manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon respectively.

One of several key US allies to acquire the system, the UAE is

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Ben Brook


Ben Brook

After serving as a paratrooper and completing a degree in Politics and International Relations, Ben …

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