The State Department has informed Congress about its plan to give the United Arab Emirates a green light to procure 18 MQ-9B Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles from the U.S. government under a potential $2.8B foreign military sales agreement, Reuters reported Friday.
Approval of UAE's procurement request will mark the first export of armed drones since the White House loosened restrictions to help the U.S. defense industry sell more drones in the international market.
The proposed sale is for initial 15 Reaper aircraft equipped with maritime radar technology and an option for three more of the General Atomics-built UAV platform, according to the publication’s sources.
In addition to the MQ-9 package, the UAE is also looking to acquire Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the report states.
Last week, the department also cleared a potential $600M FMS deal with Taiwan for MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones as well as related ground infrastructure and equipment.