Friday, November 11, 2011
Washington may soon announce plans for a large sale of precision-guided bombs to the United Arab Emirates, according to US reports, as tensions mounted with Iran over its nuclear programme.
The Pentagon is considering a significant sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions made by Boeing, adding to other recent arms deals with the UAE. Those included the sale of 500 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles about which the US Congress was notified in September.
The sale of Boeing-built “bunker-buster” bombs and other munitions to UAE, a key Gulf ally of Washington, is part of an ongoing US effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran.
No comment on the reports was immediately available from the Pentagon’s press office or the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales.
This article was posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:32 am