UAE to Spend $335m to Protect Leaders’ Aircraft

UAE to Spend $335m to Protect Leaders’ AircraftUAE to Spend $335m to Protect Leaders’ Aircraft

Plans by the UAE to buy military systems worth $335 million to help protect the aircraft used by its heads of state have been approved by US authorities.

The US State Department said it has approved the possible foreign military sale to the UAE for directional infrared countermeasures systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support, Arabian Business reported.

It said in a statement the UAE has requested a possible sale of four systems for its head of state aircraft, including 20 small laser transmitter assemblies, 10 system processors and 30 AN/AAR-54 missile warning system sensors.

“This proposed sale will contribute to 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 statement said.

It added that the sale of the advanced system “will enhance the safety of the UAE’s political leadership while bolstering US-UAE relations.”