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Emirates ready for $7B THAAD deal
Upi via Space Daily ^ | 6/7/2010 | Upi via Space Daily

Posted on 06/08/2010 10:59:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

The United Arab Emirates expects to finalize a $7 billion contract to buy Lockheed Martin's high-altitude missile defense system in the next few months, officials of the U.S. defense giant say. The deal would mark the first time that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system has been sold to a foreign state and underlines Washington's efforts to establish a Persian Gulf-wide shield against Iranian ballistic missiles among U.S. allies in the region.

These states, including oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, are within easy missile range by Iran, lying as they do across the gulf, and so form the front line against the Islamic Republic's perceived expansionist policies.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency says the Emirates are expected to acquire three THAAD "fire units" and 147 missiles designed to shoot down hostile ballistic weapons.

The deal also includes four radar units, six fire-control and command communications units and nine launchers, the DSCA says.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabianpeninsula; ballisticmissiles; iran; missiledefense; persiangulf; thaad; unitedarabemirates

1 posted on 06/08/2010 10:59:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

Export sales are very nice...

2 posted on 06/09/2010 12:12:32 AM PDT by glorgau
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