US approves sale of Hellfire missiles to UAE


Hellfire

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $476m foreign military sale (FMS) of Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, training and support to the UAE.

Under the sale, the UAE has requested 4,000 AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III missiles over a period of three years.

The contract will also cover training and technical assistance.

The potential sale will improve the UAE's ability to combat threats and provide security for its critical infrastructure.

It will also contribute to US foreign policy and national security goals.

In a separate development, Egypt requested UGM-84L Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles and associated equipment, training, and support.

The $143m potential sale covers 20 missiles and two encapsulated harpoon certification training vehicles (EHCTV).

It also includes containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, and personnel training.

The missiles will be used by the Egyptian Navy's Type 209 submarines, thus increasing the nation's anti-surface warfare and maritime security capabilities.


Image: Hellfire missiles can be deployed from rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, waterborne vessels and land-based systems. Photo: courtesy of Stahlkocher.