UAE buys $1.3 billion more arms at IDEX


The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces has announced that Dh4.9 billion ($1.3 billion) worth of defence contracts were signed today at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) currently underway in Abu Dhabi.

Major General Obaid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the organising committee for IDEX, told journalists that the largest deal was worth Dh1.8 billion ($490 million) and was awarded to UAE company AMMROC for the maintenance of military aircraft.

Another large contract, worth Dh430 million, was awarded to Raytheon for GBU-12 and GBU-58 bombs. Other ammunition, in the form of small arms ammunition, was procured from Caracal, a Tawazun subsidiary (Dh829 million). In addition, the UAE’s International Golden Group was awarded a Dh367.1 million contract for weapons, ammunition and equipment.

Other deals announced on Tuesday included:
• Dh146.9 million to Rockwell Collins for FireStorm integrated targeting kits
• Dh27.7 million to Airborne Systems of the United States for guided parachute drop systems
• Dh209 million to Darwish Bin Ahmed & Sons Group of Companies (DBA Group) for vehicles
• Dh265 million to Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company for upgrades to Baynunah ships
• Dh45.9 million to Al Fahad Smart Systems for security equipment and maintenance
• Dh119.4 million to Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Co LLC (ADASI) for MX-10 cameras, air balloon systems, technical support and the development of UAVs
• Dh176.4 million to Al Ittihad Shipbuilding for technical support for Al Falaj vessels
• Dh43.5 million to Milipol for precision equipment and devices
• Dh12.6 million to Al Jisr Company for vehicle spares
• Dh37 million to Air Thales Systems for missile maintenance
• Dh43.5 million to Incon Infrastructure Contracting for the development of information technology networks
• Dh9.4 million to PT Ser Rejeki Isman for military uniforms and equipment
• Dh185 million to C4 Advanced Solutions for training
• Dh43.5 million to Thales Optronics for cameras to be installed on anti-tank guided missiles

In addition to confirmed orders, Al Ketbi said that the UAE intended to buy 800 Nimr vehicles from Nimr Company, 15 000 small arms from Caracal and precision-guided ammunition from Tawazun Dynamics. The UAE is currently in discussions with Dassault and Eurofighter for Rafale and Typhoon fighter jets respectively

On Monday the UAE’s armed forces signed defence deals worth 5.2 billion dirhams ($1.42 billion), including a deal for Predator unmanned aerial vehicles.