NIMR, a leading manufacturer of combat-proven wheeled military vehicles, has signed a teaming agreement with Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) to establish a framework for future collaboration to explore opportunities for the JAIS 4×4 vehicle in Saudi Arabia.
The JAIS 4×4 competed against a range of vehicles in demanding trials arranged by SAMI and conducted by military experts in Saudi Arabia. The exceptional performance of the battle-tested platform in the trials paved the way for new opportunities for the vehicle in Saudi Arabia.
“Fostering strategic relationships is a key pillar of EDGE’s strategy, and we look forward to building on this commitment with our colleagues at SAMI,” said Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director of EDGE. “This agreement represents the first military collaboration between Saudi Arabia and the UAE and is a major step in boosting the already robust relations between our respective nations.”
Saudi Vision 2030 envisages localizing over 50 percent of the military equipment spending by 2030. “SAMI has selected NIMR as its preferred local partner due to its strategic position as a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030,” said Eng. Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI. “This achievement also supports PIF’s efforts through SAMI in localizing cutting-edge technology and knowledge, as well as building strategic economic partnerships.”
His Excellency Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the NIMR Board, said: “After a year of discussions, trials and testing, the sense of achievement at signing this strategic deal with SAMI is tremendous. We are honoured that this first-of-its-kind partnership between the two companies marks the beginning of a new era of collaboration in the military sector between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.”
JAIS 4×4 is the next generation of mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, providing critical balance between firepower, survivability, and mobility for modern, conventional, and asymmetric operations. Crew survivability depends on a ‘crew citadel’ protection system that has demonstrated proven capabilities against mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and ballistic threats.
NIMR is part of the Platforms & Systems cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
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