United Arab Emirates has decided to decrease its order of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors from 144 to 96 interceptors.
In September 2008, UAE government had requested the United States government to purchase 144 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors and associated equipment at an estimated cost of $6.95 billion.
United Arab Emirates will also purchase only 2 AN/TPY-2 mobile search and tracking radars instead of 4 as planned earlier. This means that now UAE will be able to supports only 2 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries, rather than three.
If UAE decides to goahead and purchase Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, it will be the first international buyer of this ballistic missile system.
United Arab Emirates is also purchasing Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system missile for low-level interceptions of ballistic missiles and aircrafts.
United Arab Emirates is looking to build a ballistic missile defense system which can counter the Iranian medium ballistic missiles.