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US approves $75 mn FMS from UAE for military exercise participation support

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - UAE
 
 
US approves $75 mn FMS from UAE for military exercise participation support
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for exercise participation support. The estimated cost is $75 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on October 24, 2016.
     
US approves 75 mn FMS from UAE for military exercise participation support 001An F-16E from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, lands at Nellis Air Force Base following a Red Flag 09-5 training mission Aug. 26
(Credit: USAF/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
     
The Government of the UAE requested a possible sale to include participation in military exercises, aerial refueling, airlift and ferry support, training aids/devices/munitions, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $75 million.

This FMS will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major regional ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East, the DSCA said.

This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the ability of the UAE to employ its fighter aircraft in a multi-country coalition environment, such as Red Flag and Green Flag exercises. Participating in major exercises has enhanced the UAE's continued and consistent role in support of Coalition Operations. The UAE is a steadfast coalition partner in the fight against radical Islamic forces such as ISIL and Al Qaeda (AQAP) in the Arabian Peninsula, the Agency added.

 

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