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Emirati Air Force - Missile Defense Interceptors

The UAE-US Bilateral Air Defense Initiative (BADI) proposes a combination of passive defense (Shared Early Warning), active defense (Patriot, HAWK, Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) and future upper tier systems like Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THAAAD)) and establishing a "Common Air Picture", LINK 11/16, along with CENTRIXS interoperability. There have been ongoing technical discussions on Shared Early Warning and Air and Missile defense. The UAE had identified a location at an elevation of 6,000 feet on the UAE's northern border that they would like the contractors to look at as a possible location for an early warning radar system.

The UAE's expression of interest in a specific US missile defense platform that would be interoperable with other US systems would be the largest Patriot program outside Japan, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. It could be integrated with the programs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to obtain a shared Common Air Picture. Previously, potential Patriot emplacement locations in the UAE were focused against the Iraqi threat. The surveys, completed April 19, 2006, identified six new Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) emplacement locations to deter the Iranian missile threat. They would protect much of the key strategic nodes and metropolitan areas of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah from an Iranian threat axis, including key nodes such as Al Dhafra Air Base, Al Bateen Air Base, Minhad Air Base, Fujairah Airport, Jebel Ali Port, and Fujairah Port. The assessments were based on a critical asset list provided to USCENTCOM by the UAEG. The locations were selected to defend against a threat from an Iranian missile attack axis and to protect portions of the metropolitan areas of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Fujairah.

On December 4, 2007 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of the PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile System as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $9 billion. The Government of United Arab Emirates has requested a possible sale of the PATRIOT Air Defense System consisting of 288 PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles, 216 Guidance Enhanced Missiles-T (GEM-T), 9 PATRIOT Fire Units that includes 10 phased array radar sets, 10 Engagement Control Stations on trailers, 37 Launching Stations (4 per fire unit), 8 Antenna Mast Groups (AMG) on trailers, 8 Antenna Mast Group (AMG) Antennas for Tower Mounts, AN/GRC-245 Radios, Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS, Export), Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Low Volume Terminals, generators, electrical power units, trailers, communication and support equipment, publications, spare and repair parts, repair and return, United States Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support.

On September 9, 2008 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Systems as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $121 million. The Government of the United Arab Emirates requested a possible sale of 4 PATRIOT Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Intercept Aerial Missiles with containers, 19 MIM-104D Guided Enhanced Missiles-T with containers (GEM-T), 5 Anti-Tactical Missiles, and 5 PATRIOT Digital Missiles. These missiles are for lot validation and testing of the PAC-3 missiles notified for sale in Transmittal Number 08-17. Also included: AN/GRC-245 Radios, Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS Export), power generation equipment, electric power plant, trailers, communication and support equipment, publications, spare and repair parts, repair and return, United States Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $121 million.

22 February 2009 the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces (COS), LTG Hamid Thani al Rumaithy, made an official request of the US government to deploy between four and five Patriot batteries to the UAE during calendar year 2009. He requested these batteries remain in place until such time as they can be replaced by the UAE's own nine batteries, currently on order. The UAE would place three of the US batteries in and around Abu Dhabi, one battery at the port of Jebel Ali, and a final battery somewhere else in the northern emirates (presumably Dubai). Following an Israeli attack, the UAE is convinced Iran will lash out against those who "help Israel," or the allies of Israel's friends, most significantly the UAE. The COS noted the UAE has the Patriot system on order and expected to take delivery in 2012.

On Nov. 2, 2012 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 48 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.135 billion. The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of 48 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles, 9 THAAD launchers; test components, repair and return, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support.



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