U.S. Approves Four Possible Military Sales to UAE

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) File Photo © BAE Systems27.05.2019 UAE
U.S. Approves Four Possible Military Sales to UAE

U.S. Approves Four Possible Military Sales to UAE

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The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving four possible Foreign Military Sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the following possible sales on May 24, 2019:

a) The UAE has requested to buy 20 RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). Also included are 40 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Type II (MPE-S); air vehicle support equipment including 8 Ground Control Stations (GCS), 4 launchers, and 4 retrievers; spare and repair parts; publications; training; and technical support services. The estimated total case value is $80 million.

The prime contractor will be Insitu, Bingen, Washington, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. 

 b) The UAE has requested to buy 331 Javelin Guided Missiles with container.  Also included are System Integration & Checkout (SICO) service; Field Service Representative; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services’ tools and test equipment; support equipment; publications and technical documentation; spare and repair parts; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total case value is $102 million.

 The prime contractor will be is Raytheon, Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 c) The UAE has requested a possible sale of 20,004 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II All-Up-Rounds.  Also included is weapon support and test equipment, spares, technical publications, personnel training, other training equipment, transportation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total case value is $900 million.

 The APKWS will provide the UAE with flexibility in the use of proportional, precision fires when operating in remote and mountainous regions as well as populated areas. The APKWS will complement the Hellfire II missile as a secondary precision munition with lower collateral damage potential. These aspects make the APKWS, employed in conjunction with UAE’s multiple types of helicopters and Hellfire II missiles, an appropriate munition for the UAE’s counterterrorism operations. UAE will have no difficulty absorbing the APKWS into its armed forces.

 The prime contractor will be BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire.  There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 Implementation of this proposed sale will require up to 20 U.S. Government and up to 30 contractor representatives to travel to UAE.

 d) The UAE has requested follow-on blanket order U.S. Marine Corps training, training support, and other training related services in support of the UAE Presidential Guard Command. The total value for this sale is $100 million.

 There will be no principal contractor associated with this proposed sale and no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed amendment will allow for the continued permanent assignment of 34 U.S. Marine Corps active duty personnel to the UAE.

 The Secretary of State has determined and provided detailed justification that an emergency exists that requires the immediate sale to the United Arab Emirates of the above defense articles (and defense services) in the national security interests of the United States, thereby waiving the Congressional review requirements under Section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended.

 These notices of a potential sale are required by law and do not mean any of these four sales has been concluded.

 

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