Font Size

- Aa +

Fri 27 May 2016 10:09 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

UAE seeks $476m deal to buy missiles from the United States

US State Department approves possible foreign military sale for 4,000 missiles over next three years

UAE seeks $476m deal to buy missiles from the United States
(Getty Images)

The UAE is seeking to buy thousands of missiles from the United States over the next three years in a deal worth $476 million, according to the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency.

It said in a statement that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to the UAE for AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III missiles and equipment, training, and support.

It said the UAE has requested a possible sale of 4,000 missiles over the next three years in increments of 1,000-1,500.

"This proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner country, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the statement said.

It added that the proposed sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure.

"The UAE will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing these Hellfire missiles into its armed forces," the statement said.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas.