$335m deal by UAE eyes to protect aircraft used by leaders?

Plans by the UAE to buy military systems worth $335 million to help protect the aircraft used by its heads of state have been approved by US authorities.

The US State Department said it has made a determination approving the possible foreign military sale to the UAE for directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

It said in a statement that the UAE has requested a possible sale of four systems for its Head of State aircraft including 20 small laser transmitter assemblies, 10 system processors, and 30 AN/AAR-54 missile warning system sensors.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the statement said.

“This proposed sale of DIRCM will help provide protection to the UAE’s Head of State aircraft. DIRCM will facilitate a more robust capability against increased missile threats,” it added.

“The sale of this advanced system will enhance the safety of the UAE’s political leadership while bolstering US-UAE relations. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces,” the statement read.

The principal contractors will be The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Arabian Business