US oks a $476mn FMS from UAE for 4,000 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

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US oks a $476mn FMS from UAE for 4,000 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III Missiles and equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $476 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on May 13rd, 2016.
US oks a 476mn FMS from UAE for 4 000 AGM 114 Hellfire missiles 640 001UAE requested the sale of up to 4,000 AGM-114R/K Hellfire missiles
The United Arab Emirates has requested a possible sale of 4,000 AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Missiles over the next three years in increments of 1,000 to 1,500 missiles. Also included in this possible sale are training and technical assistance. The total estimated value of MDE is $468 million. The overall total estimated value is $476 million.

The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) first developed for anti-armor use. The AGM-114R "Romeo" Hellfire II enhanced variant entered service in late 2012. It uses a semi-active laser homing guidance system and an integrated blast fragmentation sleeve warhead to engage targets that previously needed multiple Hellfire variants. It will replace AGM-114K, M, N, and P variants in U.S. service.

"This proposed sale will enhance 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 DSCA said.

"The proposed sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. The UAE will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense," the agency added.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas.