The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of ten CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an estimated cost of $830.3 million.
The sale will be conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The Government of the United Arab Emirates has requested to buy ten CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters; 26 T55-GA-714A Engines; 24 Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS); 12 AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); 20 M134D-H Mini Guns; and 20 M240H Machine Guns.
Also included are aircraft survivability equipment to include: APR-39A(V)l, AN/ARC-231, Harris RF-7850A-MR, Thales 5400NS, Tetra THR9i, AN/APX-123A, WESCAM MX-l5HDi, ARN-147 VOR/ILS, ARN-153 TACAN, APN-209 Receiver Transmitters, APN-209 Indicator, AN/ARC-220; Infrared Suppression System (IRSS); Fast Rope Insertion/Extraction System (FRIES); Extended Range Fuel System (ERFS); Fire Fighting Equipment; Ballistic Armor Protection System; airworthiness support; spare and repair parts; communications equipment; personnel training and training equipment; site surveys; tool and test equipment; ground support equipment; repair and return; publications and technical documentation; Quality Assurance Team (QAT); U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important partner in the region. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key partners in the region with modem systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security”, said a DSCA statement.
“The proposed sale will expand the UAE’s helicopter fleet. Further, it will enhance the UAE’s operational and defensive capabilities to better defend U.S. and UAE national security interests in the region, and increase the UAE’s contributions to any future joint or coalition efforts requiring helicopter support.”
The principal contractors will be Boeing Helicopters Aircraft Company in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania; Honeywell Engine Company in Phoenix, Arizona; and Science and Engineering Services (SES) in Huntsville, Alabama.