The United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces placed an order at the Dubai Airshow Wednesday to produce an undisclosed quantity of Al Tariq precision-guided weapon systems valued at US $500 million.

The systems, manufactured by Tawazun Dynamics, a member of the Tawazun Group, is a family of strap-on bomb kit systems. According to a statement by the company, the order is part of the Armed Forces General Headquarter’s drive to support home-grown defense manufacturing capabilities and to benefit from Tawazun’s experience in the industrial and manufacturing fields.

The announcement comes amid the US policy trend of not selling precision weapons to Arabian Gulf states. […]