United States has a significant strategic relationship with the UAE
and has supplied it with numerous defensive systems to counter the
development of Iranian ballistic missile capabilities.
The UAE has been advised by NATO in February of 2013 to conduct sophisticated ballistic missile defense training in the Mediterranean to counter any potential threats.
As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UAE is working in coordination with Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia to discuss forming a regional ballistic missile defense shield.
2008, the UAE purchased an arms package consisting of the Patriot
Guidance Enhanced Missile-T (GEM-T) and the Lockheed Martin Patriot
Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) systems. On December 25
2011 the US and UAE signed a 3.48 billion dollar arms deal which
included two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems, 96
missiles, two radar systems, spare parts, and training, making the
UAE the first international recipient of the THAAD system.
Patriot systems were delivered in the summer of 2012.
fielded, the UAE will possess the
systems in the world.
The UAE is now working toward development of a
battle management system that will tie all of its air defenses together
(called Extended Air Defence Ground Environment–Transformation)