The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to receive additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook medium/heavy-lift transport helicopters, with US State Department approval for a follow-on procurement being announced on 7 November.
According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the UAE has been cleared to buy 10 helicopters and related equipment for USD830.3 million. The UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF&AD) has already received 20 CH-47Fs.
Under the latest approval, the emirates will also receive defensive weapon systems and countermeasures, radar warning receivers, MX-15HDi electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, fast-roping systems, extended-range fuel systems (colloquially known as ‘fat tanks’), ballistic protection, and fire-fighting equipment, as well as spares and US/in-country support.
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