US officials have approved the possible sale of 10 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the United Arab Emirates.
In a 7 November notification, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) gives the total contract value as $830 million.
Included within the acquisition are 26 Honeywell T55 engines, weapons – standard M240H 7.62mm machine guns and M134D-H miniguns – and extended-range fuel systems.
“The proposed sale will expand the UAE's helicopter fleet. Further, it will enhance the UAE's operational and defensive capabilities to better defend US and UAE national security interests in the region, and increase the UAE's contributions to any future joint or coalition efforts requiring helicopter support,” says the DSCA.