Did the UAE Get Help From an American Company to Buy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology?

The head of the Russian government’s budgetary department Lavrentiyev promised to increase the defense budget in the year 2020. However, his plans were opposed by his own ministry of defense. According to a news website, “The defense ministry complained that the budget plan for the year 2020 includes funding only for the missile defense system from the United States.” The head of the Russian government’s budgetary department Lavrentiyev promised to increase the defense budget in the year 2020. However, his plans were against the will of the military, as the defense budget is strictly according to the government’s requirements.

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Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces is developing the upgraded missiles Sinevka and Bulava to cope with the US-built Terminal High Altitude Air Defense system. The project is supposed to complete by the end of this year. The new missiles are supposed to be more advanced than the ones already in use. Earlier, Russia had announced that it has ordered six more missile projects from UFA. The budget for these new programs was approved at over two million dollars.

Earlier, in November, Russia had announced another order worth nearly two million dollars for the next phase of its ballistic missile defense program, the Intermediate-range Flight Unification, or IRBMV. The order was signed two years ago. The head of the defense ministry, Igor Ivanovsky, said that the goal of this missile system is to shoot down medium-sized, unmanned aerial vehicles. In this regard, the United States has claimed that it has already deployed its own stealthy long-range missiles capable of destroying such enemy aircraft. Russia denied this claim.

Earlier this month, President Dmitry Medvedev signed a contract awarding Rosoboruksk, a Russian aerospace corporation, the rights to manufacture the U.S. version of the medium-range missiles. The contract was signed one year ago. However, neither the U.S. nor the Russians have yet deployed the new missiles. This is a very important issue because, if they were to do so, the United States and its allies would be in direct conflict with each other, as the Russian military is believed to be massing up for a large-scale military exercise which it is sponsoring. If the United States was to deploy its own R Macedonia cruise missile, then there would be a serious escalation in the level of military tension between the two countries.

As was disclosed in an article in the Daily Caller, the United States was the first foreign customer of the Russian-made anti-aircraft system that was installed in Afghanistan. This was part of a plan called the Alliance Airlift Program. The program was intended to provide the Afghan National Army with modern aircraft and weapons to fight off the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In this case, however, it was the UAE that signed the three-year, $6 million deal with Rosoboruksk to install the EA-acea system on their own C-17 Globemaster air transport aircraft. The Daily Caller reported that the UAE paid Rosoboruksk to design and manufacture the missile, and that once in place, it provided radar and communications equipment to the Afghans to allow the aircraft to pick up and transmit the U.S. signals.

Two years later, this system was installed on a UAE Air Force logistical aircraft which was then used to supply the Marines and US Special Operations Command with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data during operations in Iraq. The Daily Caller asked the UAE for a response to the question: “Did you pay Russian subcontractors to install the EA-acea missile system on your own stealthy transport aircraft? “The answer: No.” The UAE did not return repeated phone calls and emails asking for clarification on whether the purchase of the EA-acea missile system was a one-time deal or a multiple-buy agreement. In fact, it was not even an agreement; the UAE was buying the missile systems from Boeing Company and Raytheon Company and then paying Raytheon for its part in the production process.

In a different article by Investor’s Business Daily, John Sullivan stated, “A source familiar with the company said the aircraft was bought from a company based in Dulles, Va., called Khibarov. The source said the sale of the cargo ship, the Ocean Empress, is being negotiated in the coming weeks and is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2020. Khibarov’s firm, which has been negotiating the sale of the ship with the UAE, is known in the region for its high-quality customer relationships.” The article continued, “So it is logical that Khibarov would be talking to the UAE about the sale of a stealthy missile system. If so, the sale likely is in response to the UAE’s request for U.S. technical support in upgrading its own fleets of fighter planes.” So the purchase was not a one-time deal or an agreement to supply the UAE with military hardware; it was a continuous venture that evolved into a relationship.

Although there is no definitive answer on whether the UAE acquired the Russian S-300 advanced technology or American stealth technology through the sale of MH-IV missiles or by signing a one-year or four-year deal, one thing is certain. UAE has used this foreign assistance to improve its own defense capabilities. So we can say that the UAE acquired U.S. designed and manufactured weapons systems either through a one-year contract with Boeing Company or through a four-year deal with Raytheon Company. Another example is the UAE’s decision to sign a bilateral defense agreement with Russia. Since Russia is one of the major suppliers of U.S. weapons systems, the UAE would have had very little trouble getting hold of any of its weapons. Therefore, it is clear that the purchase of U.S. made equipment by the UAE did not contribute to its national security, rather served only to enhance its own security.