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Raytheon negotiating with UAE for missile sale

posted on 19/03/2001: 2127 views

The US missile producer Raytheon is negotiating with the UAE air forces to provide it with hundreds of missiles to equip the f-16 aircraft bought from the us two years ago for about 6.8 billion dollars, a Raytheon official said.

Thomas McKinney, International Business Development Director at Raytheon said the negotiations are still at the beginning but he was optimistic that Raytheon would snatch the deal. 'The US government is making the negotiations on our behalf. I think the UAE is negotiating with other parties as well, but we are very hopeful about the deal, he said at IDEX. "We are proposing five types of missiles to equip the F-16 aircraft and all of them have been used during the Gulf War."

The missiles include the air-to-air Amraam and Aim-9-m and three air-to-ground missiles including Maverick, the laser-guided Paveway and high speed Harm missile. Asked if the negotiations with the UAE involve offset projects, he said they have not yet covered that part but added Raytheon is ready to discuss offset as a basis for possible missile deal. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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