The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of an arms package worth over $1 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The sales package includes Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II All-Up-Rounds rockets for an estimated cost of $900 million, Javelin Guided Missiles for an estimated cost of $102 million, and RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) for an estimated cost of $80 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this multiple possible sales on May 24, 2019, the agency announced.
The sale package requested by the UAE includes:
+ 20,004 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II All-Up-Rounds. Also included is weapon support and test equipment, spares, technical publications, personnel training, other training equipment, transportation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The prime contractor will be BAE Systems, Nashua, NH and the estimated total case value is $900 million.
+ 331 Javelin Guided Missiles with container. Also included are System Integration & Checkout (SICO) service; Field Service Representative; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services’ tools and test equipment; support equipment; publications and technical documentation; spare and repair parts; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The prime contractor will be is Raytheon, Tucson, AZ and the estimated total case value is $102 million.
+ 20 RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). Also included are 40 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Type II (MPE-S); air vehicle support equipment including eight Ground Control Stations (GCS), four launchers, and four retrievers; spare and repair parts; publications; training; and technical support services. The prime contractor will be Insitu, Bingen, WA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company and the estimated total case value is $80 million.
The Congressional review requirements, under Section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act, has been waived for the sales as the U.S. Secretary of State “determined and provided detailed justification that an emergency exists that requires the immediate sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of the above defense articles (and defense services) in the national security interests of the United States”.
The APKWS will provide the UAE with flexibility in the use of proportional, precision fires when operating in remote and mountainous regions as well as populated areas. The APKWS will complement the Hellfire II missiles as a secondary precision munition with lower collateral damage potential. These aspects make the APKWS, employed in conjunction with UAE’s multiple types of helicopters and Hellfire II missiles, an appropriate munition for the UAE’s counter-terrorism operations.
The UAE previously procured Javelin missiles and the additional procurement will enhance the UAE’s capability to meet current and future enemy threats. The country will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.