The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $2bn foreign military sale of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) and Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles to the UAE.
Under the sale, the UAE seeks to receive 60 PAC-3 missiles with canisters and 100 GEM-T missiles.
The sale also covers canisters, tools and test equipment, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, spare and repair parts.
UAE also requested US Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
Expected to be employed to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defence, the missiles will also help improve the country's capability to meet current and future aircraft and missile threats.
Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon will serve as prime contractors for the sale of PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles, respectively.
The proposed sale will also contribute to the US's foreign policy and national security by helping the UAE, which is an important ally that contributes significantly to political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
Since 2009, the Patriot system has been in service with the UAE.
The PAC-3 missile has increased effectiveness against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, through the use of advanced hit-to-kill technology, while GEM-T missile provides an upgraded capability to defeat tactical ballistic missile, aircraft and cruise missile threats in complement to the PAC-3 missile.
The US Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) currently maintains a field office in the UAE in support of UAE Patriot systems.
Image: The PAC-3 missile has increased effectiveness against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, through the use of advanced hit-to-kill technology. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin.