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United Arab Emirates to Buy 16 CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Worth $2 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress on 3 December 2009 of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates of 16 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, and communication equipment, as well as associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support. 

The estimated worth of the complete package is approximately $2 billion (€1.35 billion).

As the DSCA outlines in its official press release, besides the 16 helicopters the sale will also include 38 T55-GA-714A Turbine engines, 20 AN/APX-118 Transponders, 20 AN/ARC-220 (RT-1749) Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS) with Electronic counter-countermeasures, 40 AN/ARC-231 (RT-1808A) Receiver/Transmitters, 18 AN/APR-39A(V)1 Radar Signal Detecting Sets with Mission Data Sets, flight and radar signal simulators, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, site survey, construction and facilities, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

As the DSCA explains, the proposed FMS agreement will provide the United Arab Emirates the capability to transport equipment and troops in the region, as well as to support U.S. and NATO airlift requirements in Afghanistan.

The prime contractor will be Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. According to the DSCA there are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

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