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Pentagon OKs Weapons Sale to UAE

September 16, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon informed Congress Wednesday it has approved the proposed sale of $2 billion worth of missiles, bombs and other logistical material to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE decided earlier this year to buy 80 American-made F-16s.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the sale involves material to support the aircraft purchase and includes 491 AIM-120B Advanced Medium Range air-to-air missiles, 276 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, 163 AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation missiles, 1,163 AGM-65D/G Maverick missiles, 52 Harpoon missiles, 2,252 MK82 and 1,231 MK84 general purpose bombs, 250 LBLU-109 bombs, 605 GBU-10 and 462 GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb kits, thousands of training bombs and a variety of support equipment and training.

The prime contractor is Raytheon of Lexington, Mass., the statement said.

``The proposed sale of the weapons and munitions will strengthen the UAE as a potential coalition partner, reducing the dependence on U.S. forces in the region while enhancing any coalition operations the U.S. undertakes,″ the statement said.

The White House announced the F-16 sale in May, in a deal worth up to $7 billion that was seen as a boon to the aircraft’s maker, Lockheed Martin Corp., and the work force at the defense company’s assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

In separate statements, the Pentagon also announced it has approved potential sales of 112 Standard missiles for Spain’s Aegis class ships at a cost of $105 million, 24 Standard missiles for the Netherland’s Navy at a cost of $24 million and six CH-47C Chinook helicopters for Egypt at a cost of $203 million.

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