The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress Nov. 3 of a possible Foreign Military Sale valued at approximately $5 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of AH-64 Apache helicopters, parts, equipment, training and logistical support.

The prime contractors would be Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT].

The UAE has requested a possible sale of 30 AH-64D Block II lot 10 Apache helicopters, remanufactured to AH-64D Block III configuration; 30 AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters, 120 T700-GE-701D engines, 76 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 70 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Units, 70 AN/ALQ-144A(V)3 Infrared Jammers, 70 AN/APR-39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 70 AN/ALQ-136(V)5 Radar Jammers, and 70 AAR-57(V)3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems. The potential sale also would include 30mm automatic weapons, improved counter measure dispensers, communication and support equipment, improved helmet display sight systems, trainer upgrades, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The UAE needs these helicopters to fulfill its strategic commitments for self defense, with coalition support, in the region, DSCA said in a statement. The helicopters would provide the UAE military more advanced targeting and engagement capabilities. The proposed sale would provide for the defense of vital installations and will provide close air support for military ground forces. The UAE currently has AH-64Ds in its inventory and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional helicopters into its armed forces.