The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces yesterday signed defence deals worth 5.2 billion dirhams ($1.42 billion) at the IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, including a deal for Predator unmanned aerial vehicles.
A total of 17 deals were signed by the UAE on the first trade day of IDEX (17-21 February), according to Major General Obaid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the organising committee for IDEX.
One of the largest deals is with Oshkosh Corporation, for 750 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) worth Dh1.4 billion.
John Urias executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh Defense, told the Gulf News that Oshkosh will deliver M-ATVs to the UAE between January and August 2013.
“No vehicle has been more effective in supporting ground operations from urban security patrols to combat in harsh desert and mountainous terrain. As we produce and deliver this exceptional vehicle to the UAE Armed Forces, we are equally committed to providing long-term service and to supporting those who rely on our M-ATVs to achieve their missions,” he said.
Another big deal announced yesterday was for an undisclosed number of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, worth Dh722 million, including logistic support. These will be purchased from US manufacturer General Atomics via UAE company International Golden Group (IGG).
Russia’s KBP signed a Dh472.7 million deal for missiles while UAE company Tawazun was awarded a Dh720 million contract for laser-guided rockets. Several other deals for ammunition were also signed, including a Dh56 million deal with Korea’s Hanwha Corporation for ammunition and explosives.
Several maintenance and support contracts with the UAE armed forces were announced yesterday, including a Dh215 million deal with Booz and Company for consultation and logistics and a Dh350 million contract for information and IT support with International Golden Group, SAP and IBM. UAE firm Knowledge Point entered into a Dh345 million consultancy deal with the armed forces for land forces support.
French company CEFA received a Dh46.3 million deal to provide spare parts for bridge laying vehicles while UAE-based Ammroc was awarded Dh157 million to provide electronic equipment support to the UAE’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
On the naval side, Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company was awarded a Dh375.4 million contract to install RAM missiles on its vessels. UAE company Naval Advanced Solutions signed a Dh30 million deal to provide technical support for vessels. Otherwise, a Dh140 million deal was awarded to Fincantieri to provide naval vessel support.
Other deals announced on Monday included a Dh11.7 million contract with Al Jisr Company to provide the UAE Armed Forces with chemical warfare equipment; a Dh12.8 million contract with Al Mawqe’ Company to provide communications systems to the UAE Armed Forces; a Dh27.2 million contract with Atlas Corporation to provide telecommunication technologies; and a Dh67 million contract was awarded to supply sniper rifles and binoculars to the UAE armed forces.
Al Ketbi noted that there were 1 112 exhibitors at IDEX 2013, which has grown dramatically over the last 20 years – this year’s edition for the first time features a dedicated unmanned aircraft area, in addition to the already established naval area as part of NAVDEX. Al Ketbi said that there was a lot of demand for UAVs and they have always been a big part of IDEX.