* Deal includes 60 helicopters, radars, sensors
* Boeing, Lockheed to be prime contractors
* Pentagon also approved sale of Lockheed missile systems
WASHINGTON, Nov 8 The U.S. Defense Department
said on Monday it notified Congress last week about the
possible sale of 60 Boeing Co (BA.N) AH-64D Apache helicopters
to the United Arab Emirates, a deal valued at $5 billion.
"The UAE needs these helicopters to fulfill its strategic
commitments for self defense, with coalition support, in the
region," said the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation
Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales.
The agency said the UAE government had asked to buy 30
AH-64D Block II lot 10 Apache helicopters, remanufactured to
AH-64D Block III configuration, 30 AH-64D Block III versions
and a host of related equipment, including engines, radars and
It said the helicopters would expand the ability of the UAE
military to do more advanced targeting and engagement, helping
it to defend vital installations and provide close air support
for military ground forces.
Prime contractors on the deal would be Boeing and Lockheed
Martin Corp (LMT.N), DSCA said.
The agency also announced it notified lawmakers about a
smaller deal valued at $140 million for the sale of 100 Army
Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) and 60 Low Cost Reduced-Range
Practice Rockets (LCRRPR) to the UAE military, both built by
U.S. lawmakers now have 30 days to reject the possible arms
sale, although such deals are generally well vetted before they
are publicly announced.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; editing by Andre Grenon)