So, the government of the UAE is making two rather large purchases. While the Ministry of Defense has not confirmed the rationale behind the purchases (of course), they do have a rather obvious role in any potential action against ISIS. 1)The first order is for 4,500(!) MRAP's (mine resistant vehicles) from the US Department of Defense. This order is rather er...crazy...excessive? 4,500 MRAPS come with a total price of 2.5 Billion dollars. The UAE already has 750 MRAP's which it bought in 2012. Now, the UAE also uses a variant of this vehicle for a lightly armored mortar carrier, and a number from this order is going to be modified to the mortar variant. But still, the UAE could potentially end up with more than 5,000 MRAP's. The standard MRAP: 2)The UAE is also buying 12 more HIMARS multiple rocket launchers from Lockheed Martin. The HIMARS carries a pod of missiles which are fired against ground targets. The version requested by the UAE is the larger anti-personnel variant: All total, the UAE is going to spend about 4 Billion dollars for these 2 purchases.