The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces today at the IDEX defence show announced the awarding of 4 billion Dirhams ($1 billion) worth of defence contracts.
Major General Obaid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the organising committee for IDEX 2013, said that the largest contract was worth Dh1.1 billion and was awarded to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to manage and operate facilities and provide fuel for military aircraft and vehicles.
The second largest contract was worth Dh550 million and awarded to Global Medical Solutions to train medical crew.
Other contracts were awarded as follows:
• Dh516.8 million to Al Shamil for training military staff
• Dh390 million to Hydra for technical support for Leclerc tanks, BMP-3, Hummer and Tatra vehicles and G6 artillery
• Dh181.1 million to Provincial Aerospace Limited (PAL) of Canada for satellite communication systems
• Dh330.6 million to International Golden Group (IGG) for military equipment
• Dh34 million to Al Badie Group for spares for tank transportation vehicles
• Dh134.4 million to Lockheed Martin for ground support equipment
• Dh128.6 million to Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company for satellite communication devices for Baynuna ships
• Dh16 million to Pyrosafe Technologies Trading for spares and naval equipment
• Dh28 million to WASS for anti-torpedoes survival effectors
• Dh143 million to AMMROC for the overhaul of Panther helicopters
• Dh210.8 million to IGG for shell charges
• Dh40 million to Geoeye Solutions for satellite imagery
• Dh16 million to Al Fattan Ship Building for naval guns
• Dh132.3 million to Caracal for rifles and ammunition
• Dh49.7 million to Fidelity Technologies Corporation for fighting simulators
At Ketbi noted that the UAE Armed Forces may buy another 1 000 Nimr vehicles, in addition to the purchase of 800 announced at IDEX yesterday.