The US has approved a United Arab Emirates (UAE) request for the sale of 60 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missiles with canisters and 100 Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles worth an estimated US$2 billion.
Also included are canisters, tools and test equipment, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, spare and repair parts, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Thursday.
The prime contractor for the PAC-3 Missile is Lockheed-Martin in Dallas, Texas and for the GEM-T missile is Raytheon Company in Andover, Massachusetts, the release states.
“The proposed sale will enhance the UAE’s capability to meet current and future aircraft and missile threats. The UAE will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. The UAE has fielded the Patriot system since 2009 and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces,” the release adds.