The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of AN/AAQ-24(V) large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems to the UAE.

Under the estimated $225m sale, the UAE has requested the supply of eight AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM systems for the Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

The package comprises of three guardian laser transmitter assemblies (GLTA), six ultra-violet missile warning system (UVMWS) sensors AN/AAR-54, one LAIRCM system processor replacement (LSPR).

"The sale includes provisions for one field service representative (FSR) to live in the UAE for up to two years."

Additionally, it includes control indicator unit replacements (CIUR), smart card assemblies (SCA), high capacity cards (HCC), user data modules (UDM), repeaters, COMSEC Key Loaders, initial spares, consumables, support equipment.

The US will also offer government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other associated constituents of logistical and programme support.

The sale includes provisions for one field service representative (FSR) to live in the UAE for up to two years.

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Completion of the entire package including programme execution, delivery, technical support, and training is expected to take over six years.

The proposed sale will see Boeing serve as the prime contractor, while Northrop Grumman will be the main sub-contractor.

The deal is expected to enhance the safety of UAE airlift aircraft engaging in humanitarian and resupply missions.

Derived from the AN/AAQ-24(V) Nemesis, the AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM is a directed infra red (IR) countermeasures system, designed to safeguard large transport and rotary-wing aircraft from a range of IR-guided missile threats, using a laser pointer-tracker.

Critical to troops’ safety, the system defends aircraft by activating a high-intensity system of pulsed lasers upon detection of missile launches, to track and defeat the threat by confusing its guidance system without requiring input from the aircrew.