United Arab Emirates would like to purchase 4,569 MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles from U.S.

On May 7, 2020, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the UAE of Excess Defense Articles (EDA) of up to 4,569 MRAP vehicles for an estimated cost of $556 million.

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MaxxPro DASH MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Government of the United Arab Emirates has requested the sale of Excess Defense Articles (EDA) of up to 4,569 MRAP vehicles consisting of a mix of MaxxPro Long Wheel Base (LWB), MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV), MaxxPro LWB chassis, MaxxPro Dash, MaxxPro Bases Capsule, MaxxPro MEAP Capsules, MaxxPro Plus, Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicles without armor, Caiman Base, Caiman Plus, Caiman Capsule, and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (MATV), logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total program cost is $556 million.

The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner. The UAE has been and continues to be, a vital U.S. partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.

The UAE intends to utilize the MRAP vehicles to increase force protection, to conduct humanitarian assistance operations, and to protect critical infrastructure. Additionally, these MRAPs will enhance the UAE's burden-sharing capacity and defensive capabilities. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.