UAE requests exercise participation support from US

26 October 2016 (Last Updated October 26th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential sale of exercise participation support to the UAE.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential sale of exercise participation support to the UAE.

Under the $75m sale, the UAE requested the ability to participate in military exercises, aerial refuelling, airlift and ferry support.

The sale will also cover training systems and technical and logistic support services.

"The sale will also cover training systems and technical and logistic support services."

Participating in exercises, such as the Red Flag and Green Flag operations, would improve the UAE's ability to deploy fighter aircraft in a multi-country coalition environment.

The nation has been a coalition partner in the fight against radical Islamic forces in the Arabian Peninsula, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda (AQAP).

With this sale, the US will help to improve the security of the UAE, which is said to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

Earlier this month, the US approved the sale of radar field systems to another Middle Eastern nation, Kuwait.

Kuwait requested six short-range radars, one long-range radar with primary surveillance radar (PSR), and secondary surveillance radar (SSR) arrays.