The State Department has approved a potential $980.4 million deal with the United Arab Emirates for sustainment work on its fleet of C-17 military transport aircraft.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Tuesday of the foreign military sale.

A C-17A Globemaster III taxis down the flight line prior to takeoff Jan. 9, 2019 at Dover AFB, Del. U.S. Transportation Command is evaluating rocket deliveries of cargo and personnel that would rival the C-17’s capacity (U.S. Air Force Photo)

 For its fleet of Boeing [BA] C-17s, UAE would receive aircraft hardware and software support, joint mission planning software, classified software support for electronic warfare self-protection, aircraft and engine support equipment.

The deal also includes participation in the C-17 Virtual Fleet for Total System Sustainment contractor logistics support and Material Improvement Program.

“The proposed renewal of C-17 aircraft support will provide the government of the UAE with a credible defense capability, provide strategic and humanitarian airlift, and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces,” the DSCA wrote in a statement.