Keen to enhance its defence industrial base, Tawazun has inked an agreement at the ongoing IDEX 2021 with MBDA for a long-term partnership aimed at development of French firm’s SmartGlider weapon systems from design to production phase.
The deal is expected to contribute to the development development of the defence and security industries in the UAE, building national capabilities and supporting the growth of local supply chains.
The agreement was inked between Matar Ali Romaithi, Chief Officer of the Economic Development Unit at Tawazun and Florent Duleux, Group Export Sales Director at MBDA, in the presence of H.E. Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun, and Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA.
Both entities will enter into a pre-development phase, to study several concepts before reaching a development phase. The goal is to offer an optimal system at the right price and with the right performance, leveraging the capabilities of the UAE defence industry.
A joint team of engineers from both Tawazun and MBDA will be in charge of development studies. They will be operating from MBDA’s first regional Missile Engineering Centre established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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