Washington, May 12: United Arab Emirates stands as one of the major allies of US. Both countries enjoy close military-to-military links, with both participating in the fight against ISIS and joint counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in Yemen. On Thursday, the US government had approved $2 billion dollars arms sale to the UAE.
The sale would consist of 60 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 Missiles and 100 Patriot Guidance Enhanced Tactical missiles to the UAE. The two types of missiles are manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, respectively. "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of an important ally which has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the Pentagon said.
However, US has always been the largest supplier of arms to the UAE. Since 2009, 63% of the major weaponry has gone to the Middle Eastern. UAE has also doubled up its defense budget to $22 billion from $9.7 billion in 2014.
Some of UAE's military decisions, however, have been questionable , including its involvement in quelling a democratic movement in Bahrain and leading role in the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen.