State Dept. approves $225 million military sale to UAE

The United Arab Emirates is seeking infrared counter-measure systems for its fleet of C-17 transport aircraft.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 24, 2016 at 1:43 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The possible U.S. sale of aircraft infrared counter-measure systems to the United Arab Emirates has won State Department approval.

The anti-missile systems, together with logistical support, would be acquired through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program at a value of $225 million.

"This proposed sale enhances the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving 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 Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, told Congress.

Covered by the proposed sales package are eight AN/AAQ-24 (V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures, or LAIRCMs, for the UAE's C-17 aircraft; Guardian laser transmitter assemblies; Ultra-Violet missile warning system and other major equipment, as well as non-major items, such as control indicator unit replacements and user data modules.

Boeing would be the prime contractor for the deal, while Northrop Grumman would be the main sub-contractor, DCNS said.

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