FMS: United Arab Emirates Wants Upgrades/Refurbishment for Three Used E-2C Aircraft

Released on Tuesday, December 4, 2007
United Arab Emirates
E-2C Hawkeye
AEW - Airborne Early Warning
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
EDA - Excess Defense Articles
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
WASHINGTON, December 4, 2007 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of upgrades and refurbishments of E-2C aircraft as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $437 million.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates has requested a possible sale of upgrades and refurbishment for three (3) used, excess defense articles (EDA) E-2C Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft with radar and antennae. These upgrades/refurbishments include E-2C Group II Navigation Upgrade configuration, 8 T56-A- 427 Turbo Shaft engines, Phased Maintenance Inspection, spare and repairs parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, technical data and publications, tactical software and software laboratory, system software development and installation, testing of new system modifications, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related support elements. The estimated cost is $437 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country, which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates needs the E-2C aircraft to develop an effective air defense network for its naval forces and to provide an Airborne Early Warning (AEW) surveillance and enhanced command, control, and communications capability. The proposed sale of the upgrades and refurbishments will strengthen the effectiveness and interoperability of a potential coalition partner, reduce the dependence on U.S. forces in the region and enhance any coalition operations the U.S. may undertake. The United Arab Emirates will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces. The proposed sale of these weapon systems will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Aircraft Corporation of Bethpage, New York. The purchaser requested offsets; however, at this time, agreements are undetermined but will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and contractor.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to the United Arab Emirates.

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.

Source: United Arab Emirates - Upgrades/Refurbishment of E-2C Aircraft

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