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UAE Air Force to get U.S. ammunition and support worth USD 10 billion


On November 10, the U.S. State Department announced it has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates of Munitions, Sustainment and Support, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $10.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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UAE Air Force to get U.S. ammunition and support worth USD 10 billion

A United Arab Emirates F-16 Desert Falcon prepares to connect with a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron out of Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 28, 2019 (Picture source: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)


The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested to buy 802 AIM-120C8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM); 16 AIM-120C8 AMRAAM guidance sections spares; 2,004 MK-82 500LB General Purpose (GP) Bombs; 72 MK-82 Inert 500LB GP Bombs; 1,000 MK-84 2,000LB GP Bombs; 1,002 MK-83 1,000LB GP Bombs; 2,500 Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB-1), GBU-39/B, with CNU-659/E Container; 8 GBU-39 SDB-1 Guided Test Vehicles; 2,000 KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kit for 500LB Bombs; 1,000 KMU-556 JDAM Tail Kit for 2,000LB Bombs; 1,000 KMU-559 JDAM Tail Kit for 1,000LB Bombs; 4,000 FMU-139 Fuze systems; 650 AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOWs); 50 AGM-154E Joint Stand Off Weapons – Extended Range (JSOW-ER); 150 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Tactical Missiles; 6 CATM-88 AARGM CATMs.

Also included are 6 JSOW-C AGM-154C Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs); 6 JSOW-ER AGM-154E CATMs; ARD 446-1B and ARD 863-1A1W Impulse Cartridges; JSOW-C Dummy Air Training Missiles (DATM); JSOW-C Captive Flight Vehicles (CFVs); JSOW-ER DATMs; JSOW-ER CFVs; PGU-23/U training ammunition, encryption devices and keying equipment for test missiles (not for export); Laser Illuminated Target Detector, DSU-38A/B; software delivery and support; AIM-120C Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) and Airborne Instrumented Units (AIU) Telemetry Sections; missile containers; munitions components; aircraft test and integration support; containers; mission planning; munitions security, storage and training; facility design, construction and quality standards; weapon operational flight program software development; transportation; tools and test equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; weapons and aircraft integration support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment, devices and software; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; site surveys; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The proposed sale of the missiles/munitions and support will increase interoperability with the U.S. and align the UAE Air Force’s capabilities with existing regional baselines. Further, the UAE continues to provide host-nation support of vital U.S. forces stationed in the UAE and plays a vital role in supporting U.S. regional interests.

The principal contractors will be Raytheon, Tucson, AZ, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Ridgecrest, CA. If requested, F-16 integration will be completed via Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) between Lockheed Martin and the purchaser.

The munitions will be sourced through procurement and the contractor determined during contract negotiations. Implementation of this proposed sale will require annual trips to the UAE involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews, support, and oversight.