As part of its joint venture with UAE-based Tawazun Holdings, Denel has provided defence manufacturing training in South Africa for employees of defence firm Tawazun Dynamics.
In September 2012, Denel Dynamics announced the establishment of Tawazun Dynamics, the Middle East region’s first facility for the development, manufacture, assembly and integration of precision-guided systems for conventional air munitions. Tawazun Dynamics is 51% owned by Tawazun Holdings and 49% by Denel.
As part of Tawazun Holding’s drive to build local defence manufacturing capabilities, UAE National employees from Tawazun Dynamics were sent for specialist training in South Africa. They recently returned to the UAE.
The eight-month training course was hosted by Denel with support from Tawazun Dynamics. The UAE National employees received instruction in the area of manufacturing assembly and integration of precision-guided systems for conventional air munitions.
The programme was designed to equip the technicians with all the necessary skills to assemble and integrate Tawazun Dynamics’ flagship product, the Al Tariq system. Each of nine programme modules addressed the different stages of the manufacturing process from the initiation safety awareness to final testing.
Hamad Al Marar, General Manager of Tawazun Dynamics, said that, “Capability building and knowledge transfer efforts are two of the critical foundation pillars needed to allow Tawazun Dynamics to realize its potential. Our aspiration to build a globally-leading specialist business in its field goes hand in hand with our desire to build a local workforce with world-class expertise and standards. Through the right partnerships and application, we aim to support the development of a young generation of Emirati professionals who have both the technical skills needed to contend in the global defence industry marketplace as well as provide the UAE with a strong base of national industry experts who will help to lead and inspire the generations which follow.”
The training is part of Tawazun Holding’s ongoing employee development programme which is designed to build home-grown UAE-based defence manufacturing capability through the development and empowerment of local technical experts, as well as share expertise across the strategic manufacturing sector to support a culture of innovation and world-leading quality standards.