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US military sales to allies top US$34 billion

American exports of military equipment topped $34 billion in 2014."

The sale of US military equipment to allies hit $34.2 for 2014, America's Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) says, reflecting a new focus on supporting friendly countries' requirements. 

The bulk of the purchases were made up of several big-ticket items including a purchase of 10 Patriot missile batteries by Qatar for US$11 billion, which also included 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles.

Other large sales included a US$2.5 billion deal with the UAE for 4,500 MRAPs (mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles), a $2 billion deal with Saudi Arabia for upgrades to its airborne warning and control system, and Singapore paid US$2.4 billion for upgrades to its fleet of F-16s.

Australia made up a smaller slice of the military export pie, but earlier this month it asked the US to assist with a US$76 million upgrade several Royal Australian Navy vessels' Phalanx close-in weapons system. 

Designed as a final line of defence, Phalanx systems are automated six-barreled cannons with a rate of fire of 4500 rounds per minute that are designed to automatically search for, target and shoot down incoming anti-ship missiles. 

The package would include several new Phalanx systems as well as the overhaul of several existing systems, spare parts and support and logistics equipment. The upgrades boost the effectiveness of the systems' sensors and its effectiveness against sea-born targets.

"FMS agreements result in more capable partners who are able to take on missions that might otherwise fall to US forces. In the broader foreign policy realm, FMS often serves as the basis for long-term relationships between partner countries and the United States," Director of DSCA Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey said.

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