The State DepartmentÂ plans to approve a proposed $220 million directÂ sale of General Atomics-builtÂ Predator XP surveillance drones and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Anthony Capaccio writes that this will be the first sale of unmanned aircraftÂ to a non-NATO member if the deal moves forward.
The report said the UAEÂ order includesÂ eight unarmed Predator drones and equipment such asÂ electro-optical and infrared sensors.
The State Department sent its notification of the deal’s pending approval to the Senate and House foreign relations committees earlier this month after the U.S. modified itsÂ policy on the sale ofÂ unarmed and armedÂ drones, Capaccio reports.
CapaccioÂ writes that the UAE has previously bought two other General Atomics defense systems as well as Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) Block 60 F-16 fighter jets.
The country could use the Predator XP, which is also equipped with a wide-area maritime radar, to support patrol operations at the Persian Gulf, the report said.