The Defense Department awarded a series of contracts for missiles,
rockets and other weapons for several GCC militaries. They included Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
"These contracts do not break any new ground," an official said. "They
are part of previous projects."
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Kuwait was awarded two contracts on Dec. 23, Middle East Newsline reported. Raytheon was awarded a $7.2
million contract for 50 Patriot Guided Enhanced Missiles, or GEM-2+, for
Kuwait's missile defense batteries.
In another award, the Pentagon contracted Moog Inc. to supply 94 kits
for Kuwait's F/A-18 fleet. The $17.2 million contract was meant to enhance a flap
mechanical drive system for Kuwait's 39 Hornet aircraft.
Other last-minute contracts awarded by the Pentagon included the sale of
226 tactical missiles for the UAE. Lockheed Martin received a $916.1 million
contract for both missiles, launchers as well as ground support equipment
for the UAE Army.
BAE was awarded a $25.4 million contract for the integration of
equipment for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Under the award, BAE would provide
CXP friend-or-foe hardware, including digital transponders, to the Saudi
combat air fleet. Most of the contract was assigned to the U.S. military.