Major arms deal: $2 billion missile sale approved by Pentagon

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Congress was reportedly notified on Wednesday that the State Department had approved a massive $2 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates.

Included in the deal are 60 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles and 100 Patriot Guidance Enhanced-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles.

Also included with the sale is technical, engineering and support services from both the US government and other contractors.

In the announcement released Thursday, the Pentagon stated, “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of an important ally which has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.”

The announcement further stated that the prime contractor for the PAC-3 Missile is Lockheed-Martin in Dallas, Texas, and the prime contractor for the GEM-T missile is Raytheon Company in Andover, Massachusetts.

The sale has not yet been concluded, but the Pentagon has posted the notice of its approval.

The United States has provided 63 percent of all major weaponry to the UAE since 2009.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the UAE was identified as a major financial centre used by Al-Qaeda in transferring money to the hijackers.


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