United Arab Emirates


After generations of British Rule, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed as an independent country in 1971. The Emirates are made up of seven hereditary enclaves that together enjoy vast oil wealth. However, the UAE remains a terror finance concern, given some of its lax laws and the “hawalas” that operate on its soil. Unlike much of the Middle East and North Africa, the country did not face major protests in recent years related to the Arab Spring.  Behind Saudi Arabia, the UAE is the highest military spender among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.

  • Population
  • GDP
    $358.9 Billion
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    6.4% of GDP

State Department Approves $75 Million Sale of Logistics Support to the UAE

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for exercise participation support. The estimated cost is $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 21, 2016. The Government of the UAE requested a possible […]


Raytheon Awarded $36 Million to Provide Patriot Upgrades to the UAE, Kuwait, Others

Raytheon, IDS, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,650,000 firm-fixed- price foreign military sales contract (German, Netherlands, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates) for PDB-8 kits for U.S. and foreign military sales requirements. Bids were solicited on the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in multiple locations, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2018. […]


Oman Receives Second HSSV as Austal Targets UAE

The Royal Navy of Oman has received the second High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) from Australian shipbuilder Austal. The RNOV Al Naasir was handed over at the company’s facility in Perth on 8 September, four months after the first vessel – RNOV Al Mubshir – was delivered. According to the company, RNOV Al Mubshir is […]


Raytheon/Lockheed Javelin JV Awarded $48 Million to Provide Javelin Missile Support to Jordan, Oman, Others

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $48,259,165 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates), for life cycle support repair and support the Javelin hardware.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will […]


Sea Box Awarded $32 Million to Provide Expeditionary Hygiene Systems to Oman, UAE, South Korea, and Qatar

Sea Box, Inc., East Riverton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $32,035,000 Firm-Fixed Price contract for Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Expandable Bicon Shelter Hygiene Systems. Contractor will provide 86 commercial BEAR Hygiene systems. Work will be performed at East Riverton, New Jersey and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2018. This contract […]


General Dynamics Awarded $39 Million to Provide Mk82 and Mk84 Bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, and France

General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas, was awarded a $39,258,206 modification (P0004) to foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, France and Iraq) W52P1J-13-D-0050 for MK82-1 bomb bodies (162); MK82-6 bomb bodies (7,245); and MK84-10 bomb bodies (9,664), being bought in support of Air Force and Navy requirements.  Work will […]


Lockheed Awarded $7.7 Million to Provide THAAD Ground Components to the UAE

Lockheed Martin Corp., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $7,711,078 modification (BL) cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, previously awarded contract (HQ0147-12-G-9000 0001) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) THAAD ground components under UAE Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case number AE-B-UAF.  The value of this contract is increased from $407,219,714 to $414,930,792.  This modification acquires UAE ground component spares […]


The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]


French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 724* (0)

Aircraft 494* (189)

Artillery 407 (12)

Ground Vehicles 2,073 (7,644)

Guided Munitions 17,951* (16,066)

Personnel 51,000 (0)

Ships 89 (13)