The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles for an estimated cost of $270.4 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 7, 2018.
The UAE has requested the possible sale of 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles, 40 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), 30 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical guidance units, 15 AIM-9X-2 CATM guidance units, containers, spares, support equipment and missile support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support, and other associated support equipment and services.
The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
It added that this potential sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide an enhanced capability for its Air Force and that the UAE will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense. The statement noted that the country will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, AZ.