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November 8, 2015

UAE to receive joint direct attack munitions from US

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth $380m to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

By Samseer M

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth $380m to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

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

The proposed sale would cover the delivery of 3250 GBU-31V1 (KMU-556 JDAM kit) with 3250 MK-84/BLU-117 bombs.

"Currently, the UAE supports US forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and also participates in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Unified Protector (OUP)."

In addition, the UAE will receive 750 GBU-31V3 (KMU-557 JDAM kit) with 750 BLU-109 bombs and 1000 GBU-12 with 1002 MK-82/BLU-111 bombs, 4,250 FMU-152 fuzes, and 216 GBU-24 tail kits (BSU-84).

The deal will also cover non-MDE related munitions items, sustainment and support.

Currently, the UAE supports US forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and also participates in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Unified Protector (OUP).

The deliveries under the proposed sale are expected to provide the country with additional precision guided munitions capability to meet the current threat.

The prime contractors of this proposed deal will be determined during the contracting process, Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated.

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

The deal involved the delivery of approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel.

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