The Government of the United Arab Emirates has requested the sale of Excess Defense Articles (EDA) of up to four thousand five hundred sixty-nine (4,569) MRAP vehicles consisting of a mix of MaxxPro Long Wheel Base (LWB), MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV), MaxxPro LWB chassis, MaxxPro Dash, MaxxPro Bases Capsule, MaxxPro MEAP Capsules, MaxxPro Plus, Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicles without armor, Caiman Base, Caiman Plus, Caiman Capsule, and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (MATV), logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total program cost is $556 million.
The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner. The UAE has been, and continues to be, a vital U.S. partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.
What does the UAE need with 4,569 armored vehicles? That's almost twice the number of MRAPs in the entire US Marine Corps. https://t.co/t50SNYQ5If— Brian Castner (@Brian_Castner) May 7, 2020
The UAE intends to utilize the MRAP vehicles to increase force protection, to conduct humanitarian assistance operations, and to protect critical infrastructure. Additionally, these MRAPs will enhance the UAE's burden sharing capacity and defensive capabilities. The UAE will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
These vehicles will be coming from U.S. Army stocks as EDA; the required EDA Congressional Notifications were made August 6, 2014. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this proposed sale.
Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the UAE.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This sale can best be seen as an indirect assistance by the UAE to the United States, which suddenly found itself with thousands of MRAPs and other armored vehicles it had deployed for the invasion of Irak.
The US has no further use for these vehicles, which are stockpiled throughout the region, and their transportation back to the US would have been very expensive.
By buying them for a nominal amount (about $120,000 each), the UAE assumes responsibility for these vehicles, and solves the US Army’s problem of what to do with them.)