The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of High Mobility Artillery
Rocket Systems as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if
all options are exercised, could be as high as $752 million.
The Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of
Major Defense Equipment (MDE): 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)
Launchers; 101 M39A1 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block 1A
Anti-Personnel-Anti-Material Rocket Pods; 101 M39A1 ATACMS Block 1A Unitary
Rocket Pods; 130 M30 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Dual Purpose
Improved Conventional Munitions Rocket Pods; 130 M31 Unitary High Explosive
GMLRS Pods; 60 Multiple Launcher Rocket Systems (MLRS) Practice Rocket Pods; 104
M26 MLRS Rocket Pods; 20 M1084A1 Family of Medium Truck Vehicles; and 3 M108A1
Also included are support equipment, communications equipment, spare and repair
parts, test sets, batteries, laptop computers, publications and technical data,
personnel training and equipment, systems integration support, a Quality
Assurance Team and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team service support, United
States Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services,
and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $752
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has
been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic
progress in the Middle East.
The HIMARS will enhance the UAE's military capability by providing a highly
effective indirect area fire artillery system that is critical to successful
deterrence and national defense. HIMARS supplements traditional cannon artillery
by delivering high volume firepower in a short time against time-sensitive
targets. At shorter ranges, HIMARS complements tube artillery with heavy
barrages against assaulting forces, counter-fire and defense suppression.
This proposed sale would enhance the UAE's ability to deter and repulse
aggression by hostile forces, and contribute directly to greater stability in
the Gulf region. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing and integrating this
system into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic
military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be: Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control at
Dallas, Texas and Stewart & Stevenson at Sealy, Texas. The purchaser has
requested offsets; agreements are undetermined and will be defined in
negotiations between the purchaser and contractor.
Implementation of this sale will require the assignment of a U.S. Government
Quality Assurance Team of up to five contractor representatives to the UAE for
two weeks to assist in the delivery and deployment of the HIRMARS and sequential
deliveries. There will be a three-person Technical Assistance Fielding Team in
the UAE for training mission support for up to two years. A U.S. Government
representative will remain in country for a minimum of two years in order to
assist in the security assistance aspects of the mission.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not
mean that the sale has been concluded.
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