The US State Department has given its nod to sell 4,569 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles not used by the US Army, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for $556 million.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the UAE of Excess Defense Articles (EDA) of up to four thousand five hundred sixty-nine (4,569) MRAP vehicles for an estimated cost of $556 million. These vehicles will be coming from US Army stocks as EDA; the required EDA Congressional Notifications were made August 6, 2014,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a release Thursday.
The UAE package includes a mix of MaxxPro made Long Wheel Base (LWB), MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV), MaxxPro LWB chassis, MaxxPro Dash, MaxxPro Bases Capsule, MaxxPro MEAP Capsules, MaxxPro Plus, Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicles without armor, Caiman Base, Caiman Plus, Caiman Capsule, and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles.
The UAE intends to utilize the MRAP vehicles to increase force protection, to conduct humanitarian assistance operations, and to protect critical infrastructure.
The country has bought tactical vehicles- Caiman, MaxxPro and M-ATV vehicles- from the American stocks earlier. They were reportedly used in conflicts in Libya and Yemen.
The UAE has also been accused of donating MRAP vehicles to allied nations’ armed forces.