The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
With an estimated cost of $270.4m, the possible FMS has been approved by the US State Department.
Under the potential deal, the UAE has proposed to acquire 300 units of the AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles, in addition to 40 9X-2 sidewinder captive air training missiles (CATMs), 30 AIM-9X-2 Block II tactical guidance units and 15 AIM-9X-2 CATM guidance units. The contract will also include containers, spares, support equipment and missile support.
As part of the FMS, the country has requested technical and logistical support services for the US Government and contractor, as well as other related support equipment and services.
The deal will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the US and will help improve the security of the UAE.
It will help the UAE to meet all current and future threats, while offering an upgraded and improved capability to its airforce. It will also strengthen the country’s homeland defence.
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Raytheon Missile Systems Company, located in Tucson, Arizona, US, will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.
The AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is an advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air and surface-to-air missile.
It is specifically designed for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-4 fighter jets. It can also be installed on the A-4, A-6 and AV-8B attack aircraft, as well as the AH-1 helicopter.