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June 1, 2015

US to deliver guided bomb units to UAE under $130m deal

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth around $130m to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for guided bomb units (GBU-31s and GBU-12s) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

By Samseer M

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth approximately $130m to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for guided bomb units (GBU-31s and GBU-12s) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale.

This proposed deal will see the delivery of 500 GBU-31B/B(V)1 (MK-84/BLU-117) bombs, 500 GBU-31B/B(V)3 (BLU-109) bombs, and 600 GBU-12 (MK-82/BLU-111) bombs.

UAE will also receives containers, fuses, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment.

"With this sale, UAE will receive additional precision-guided munitions capability that will enable the country to meet the current threats represented by the Islamic State and Houthi aggression."

The contract will further cover the delivery of US Government and contractor logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

With this sale, UAE will receive additional precision-guided munitions capability that will enable the country to meet the current threats represented by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and Houthi aggression in Yemen.

Fort the US, this deal will help its strategic partnership to maintain political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

Currently, UAE offers host-nation support to US forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and also an active participant in coalition operations.

Principal contractors for this sale will be Boeing and Raytheon Missile Systems.

Recently, the US State Department approved a possible FMS worth around $1.87bn to Israel for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

Under this proposed deal, approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel.

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