01 August 2017

Boeing Snags $18M Contract for UAE Longbow Apache Logistics Support - Pentagon

Military & Intelligence
Boeing has won more nearly $18 million to provide the United Arab Emirates - one of the most repressive governments in the world. The Gulf dictatorship brutally cracks down on internal dissent and enables abusive conditions for its massive migrant labor force. It also plays a key role in the bloody war in Yemen, running a network of torture prisons in the “liberated” parts of the country - with engineering and logistics services for its AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters, according to the Pentagon.
The Intercept published this report two days ago:
Hacked Emails Show UAE Building Close Relationship With D.C. Think Tanks That Push Its Agenda
A $250,000 Invoice
One of the documents obtained by The Intercept was an invoice from the Center for New American Security, an influential national security think tank founded in 2007 by alumni from the Clinton administration. The invoice, dated July 12, 2016, billed the UAE embassy $250,000 for a paper on the legal regime governing the export of military-grade drones . . .
THINK TANKS are independent institutions, but they are often funded by weapons companies, Wall Street banks, and even foreign governments. CNAS is transparent about the fact they have received money from the UAE, and even list the country’s embassy on website as a donor. These institutions, including CNAS, often assert that their scholars are independent of their donors, and that their analysis reflects their personal beliefs, not the interest of powerful donors.
Surveillance Technology
The UAE government is a voracious consumer of surveillance technology, and has repeatedly bought up electronic spying tools from Western countries. . . In October, The Intercept reported that the UAE is recruiting a small army of Western hackers, who are helping to turn the Emirates into the world’s most sophisticated surveillance state.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Boeing has won more nearly $18 million to provide the United Arab Emirates with engineering and logistics services for its AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters, the US Department of Defense said in a press release.
"The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a $17,960,940 modification to a Foreign Military Sales (United Arab Emirates) post-production support services and performance based logistics in support of the United Arab Emirates Land Forces Longbow Apache program for a total of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters," the release said on Monday.
The Apache Longbow carries a 30mm single-barrel automatic cannon under the front portion of its fuselage which fires 625 high-explosive rounds a minute with a capacity of 1,200 rounds, according to published reports. It can carry as many as 16 Hell-Fire missiles for anti-armor missions.
Source: https://sptnkne.ws/fbQP

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