Abu Dhabi / WAM
The second day of the International Defence Exhibition (Idex) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (Navdex) 2021 has seen the UAE Armed Forces sign 11 new deals, worth AED 7.293 billion, with local and international companies. The cumulative value of deals signed at Idex and Navdex 2021 is now AED12.323 billion.
Staff Brigadier-General Mohammed Al Hassani, Official Spokesperson of the Idex and Navdex exhibitions, said: “The total amount of deals signed with international parties amounted to AED 6.983 billion, which is 95 percent of the total deal value for Monday, and AED 310 million of deals were agreed with UAE companies, which is 5 percent of Monday’s total deal value.”
“Nine contracts were awarded to international companies, while two deals were finalised with companies based in the UAE. 11 deals were signed in total,” he added.
The deals were announced during a press conference held on Monday in presence of Naval Staff Colonel Fahed Nasser Al Thehli and Lieutenant-Colonel Sarah Al Hajri, spokespersons for Idex and Navdex 2021.
Naval Staff Colonel Fahed Nasser Al Thehli, Official Spokesperson for Navdex, commented: “The most prominent deals struck today have been contracts with the Swedish company, Saab AB, to purchase G6000 early warning aircraft for the Air Defence Command and Air Force, at a value of AED 3,742,563,872, alongside agreements with the global American defence company, Raytheon, purchasing Patriot GEM-T missiles for the Air Force and Air Defence Command, at a value of AED 2,614,441,400.
A deal was signed with Ferreti SPA Division Ferretti, purchasing high-speed assault vessels for naval forces, at a value of AED 136,300,000. Additional contracts were signed with Joint stock company Beltech Export, providing technical support for electronic target systems for the Air Defence Command, at a value of AED30,000,000. Agreements have been signed with Hesco Bastion for the purchase of defensive barriers for the Land Forces Command, at a value of AED27,915,223.
“Further agreements were implemented with the Swiss company, Ruvex-AG, providing technical support and training for BMP3 simulator systems, with a value of AED3,110,400. In addition, agreements have been implemented with Euro_Art International EMIV, providing spare parts, training, and technical support for the General Maintenance Corps, with a value of AED 110,190,000. Further deals have been agreed with Safran Eelectronics & Dfence, providing maintenance and repair at a value of AED85,470,000. Further deals have been implemented with ‘Dtec Naval Industries’, purchasing traffic boats of 50 metres in length for coastal protection, worth of AED233,740,000.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Sarah Al Hajri, further commented: “Additional agreements were put in place with International Golden Group, purchasing rockets for 122mm rockets at a cost AED 285,000,000. Further deals were implemented with Ahmed Almazroei Metal Industries, for providing technical support and installation of weapon bases, alongside maintenance of moving targets for training directorate, at a value of AED 25,000,000.”
UAE, Slovakia ink pact to boost military cooperation
Abu Dhabi / WAM
Major General Pilot Falah Mohammed Al Qahtani, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence for Policies and Strategic Affairs, signed, with Michal Kovac, Ambassador of Slovakia to the UAE, an agreement to strengthen the military cooperation between the UAE and Slovakia.
The signing of the agreement on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) was attended by Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Jaroslav Nad’, Minister of Defence of Slovakia, and several officers and officials from the Ministry of Defence.
During the signing, Al Qahtani stressed that Idex is a key global forum that will help strengthen the cooperation between regional and international organisations specialising in defence industries, and is an opportunity to showcase the latest military products and technologies.
The cooperation between the two countries is solid and profound, Kovac said while lauding the organising of IDEX 2021.