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

U.S. Boosts Military Backing for Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

The Trump administration has significantly increased military support for Sunni Arab states fighting al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Yemen, said U.S. and Arab officials, drawing the U.S. deeper into the two-year civil war there. American support now includes greater intelligence and logistical support for the militaries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, […]

Egypt Continues “Zayed 2” Joint Military Exercise with UAE

On Saturday, Egyptian and Emirati armed forces continued the joint military exercise “Zayed 2”, in which both countries’ ground, aerial, and naval forces participated. The joint military exercise is part of the Egyptian army’s annual training plan, according to a statement by the army spokesperson. The statement noted that the preliminary training stages witnessed a […]

Kaman Fuzing and Precision Products Wins $9 Million to Produce Hawk Missile Arming Devices for the UAE and Bahrain

Kaman Fuzing and Precision Products, Middletown, Connecticut, was awarded a $9,293,377 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) for the production and delivery of 1,050 Hawk safety and arming devices. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order; with an estimated […]

Raytheon Awarded $37 Million to Provide Hawk Missile Expertise to the UAE

Raytheon Southeast Asia Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $37,000,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (United Arab Emirates) to provide subject matter experts to military personnel in the fielding, deployment, and maintenance of the Hawk missile system, associated equipment and logistics support elements. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will […]

Navistar Defense Awarded $440 Million to Provide Refurbished MaxxPro MRAPs to the UAE

Navistar Defense LLC, Lisle, Illinois, was awarded a $440,000,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (United Arab Emirates) for the reset and upgrade of 1,085 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected MaxxPro Excess Defense Article vehicles, and the delivery of specified sets, kits, packages, and technical publications, for the government of United Arab Emirates under Foreign Military Sales […]

New UAE Patrol Ship Presents a Striking Profile

There is no question what the most unusual craft is here at the NAVDEX portion of the IDEX international Defense Exposition. It’s a ship designed by the Dutch firm Damen, built in Romania, systems integration handled by France’s Thales, and fitted out and completed in the UAE by Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding. The brand-new offshore patrol […]

General Atomics Confirms UAE Predator Delivery

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now taken delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that it has ordered, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has confirmed to Jane’s. It declined to say when and how many Predator XPs were delivered and what payloads they are fitted with, but said the UAE […]

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)