United States Department of State approved the sales of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles to United Arab Emirates via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel, at an estimated cost of $556 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) submitted the required certificate issued to report the sale to the Congress this sale on 7 May.
The contract with an estimated cost of $556 million comprises (estimated costs reported by DSCA indicate maximum, contract costs generally lower);
- MaxxPro Long Wheel Base (LWB),
- MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV),
- MaxxPro LWB chassis,
- MaxxPro Dash,
- MaxxPro Bases Capsule,
- MaxxPro MEAP Capsules,
- MaxxPro Plus,
- Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicles without armor,
- Caiman Base, Caiman Plus,
- Caiman Capsule,
- MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (MATV),
logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.
DSCA announced, “The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner. The UAE has been, and continues to be, a vital U.S. partner 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.”