The Defense Security Cooperation Agency Sept. 29 notified Congress of a potential $900 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.
Lockheed Martin [LMT] would be the principal contractor if Congress approves the deal.
The UAE requested a possible sale of 12 HIMARS launchers; 100 M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) T2K (Block IA Unitary) Rockets; and 65 M31A1 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket (GMLRS) Unitary Pods.
Also included are 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Resupply Vehicles M1084A1P2; two wreckers, the 5 Ton, M1089A1P2, with long term armor strategy (LTAS) cab and B-Kit armor; and 90 Low Cost Reduced-Range Practice Rocket (RRPR) pods.
The FMS additionally would include support equipment; communications equipment; spare and repair parts; test sets; batteries; laptop computers; publications and technical data. Personnel training and equipment would be part of the FMS, as would systems integration support; a Quality Assurance Team and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team support; U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services; and other logistics support.
This proposed HIMARS sale is expected to improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. It also would enhance the UAE’s interoperability with the United States and its allies, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.