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
    5,628,805
  • GDP
    $358.9 Billion
  • Fit for Service
    3,072,125
  • Military EXHD
    6.4% of GDP

State Department Approves $2 Billion Sale of Patriot Missiles to the UAE

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Patriot PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles. The estimated cost is $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 10, 2017. The Government […]

AECOM Technical Services Awarded $9 Million Provide Engineering Services to GCC Countries

AECOM Technical Services Inc., Los Angeles, California, was awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates) contract to furnish all necessary labor, materials, supplies, and equipment required for a full range of professional architecture and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. […]

Alarm Grows in Washington as Saudi Coalition Attack on Yemen Port Appears Imminent

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni port city of Hodeida. “In the face of Yemen’s senseless humanitarian tragedy, where 19 million people need emergency support, we are committed to using our Constitutional authority […]

Raytheon Awarded $87 Million to Provide Patriot Missile Assistance and Advice to the UAE

Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded an $87,318,240 modification (PZ0005) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W31P4Q-16-C-0029 for advice and assistance in the training, planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance and sustainment of the PATRIOT air defense system, associated equipment, and logistics support elements. Work will be performed in United Arab Emirates, with an […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $332 Million to Provide Apache Targeting Sensor Technical Services to Egypt, UAE, Others

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $332,136,017 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (United Kingdom, Egypt, India, Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Taiwan, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Poland) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System, subcomponent production, and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited and […]

TAC Industries Awarded $37 Million to Provide Aircraft Cargo Nets to the U.S. and UAE Air Forces

TAC Industries Inc., Springfield, Ohio, has been awarded a $37,185,818 modification (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA8532-14-D-0003 for aircraft cargo nets. Contractor will provide an additional quantity of 21,071 top nets and 52,960 side nets during Option III and 21,071 top nets and 52,960 side nets during Option IV being produced under the basic contract. […]

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
QME

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

Aircraft 495* (225*)

Artillery 407 (12)

Ground Vehicles 2,117 (7,600)

Guided Munitions 18,451* (16,066)

Personnel 51,000 (0)

Ships 90 (14)