By Sam Bridge
US State Department has approved a possible sale to the UAE of 10 Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment
The US State Department has approved a possible sale to the UAE of 10 Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $830.3 million.
In a statement, it said the Government of the UAE has requested to buy the helicopters, engines, global positioning systems, missile warning systems and machine guns.
It added that the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important partner in the region.
The sale will expand the UAE's helicopter fleet and will enhance the UAE's operational and defensive capabilities to better defend US and UAE national security interests in the region, the statement said.
The Chinooks would also increase the UAE's contributions to any future joint or coalition efforts requiring helicopter support, it noted, adding that the UAE will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
The principal contractors will be Boeing Helicopters, Honeywell and Science and Engineering Services and implementation of the proposed sale will require an estimated 10 US Government and contractor representatives to travel to UAE for up to 60 months for equipment de-processing, fielding, system checkout, training and technical logistics support.