The UAE to purchase Javelin
- May 27, 2019
The United Arab Emirates will purchase 331 shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles with container to strengthen security in the region and modernise the country’s military.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of an important partner that has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” said in a statement on Friday.
The Javelin is considered the first “fire-and-forget” shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon system. Its unique top-attack flight mode, self-guiding tracking system and advanced warhead design allows it to defeat all known tanks up to 2,500 meters away from the firer.
The proposed program will enhance the UAE’s capability to meet current and future enemy threats. The UAE will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. The UAE previously procured Javelin missiles and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.