Dh971m deals signed on day 1 of drone exhibition

The sixth edition of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) and the Simulation and Training Exhibition (SimTEX) 2024 in being held in Abu Dhabi….reports Asian Lite News

Tawazun Council, the UAE defence and security acquisitions authority for the Ministry of Defence, has announced signing of 5 deals with local and international companies with total value AED971 million.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the end of the first day of the sixth edition of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) and the Simulation and Training Exhibition (SimTEX) 2024, in the presence of Zayed Saeed Al Meraikhi and Majed Ahmed Al Jaberi, the official spokespersons of Tawazun Council, Saeed bin Khadim Al Mansouri, Advisor, Defence Exhibitions at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center (ADNEC), high-level official delegations, along with local and international media representatives.

The overall value of deals signed with 3 local companies on the first day of UMEX SimTEX 2024 amounted to AED 899 million, while 2 contracts were signed with international companies, totaling AED 72 million.

Zayed Saeed Al Meraikhi announced that the local contracts signed by Tawazun Council on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, included a contract with “Resource Industries” to procure Anti-drone guns valued at AED 10 million, and a contract with “International Golden Group” to purchase UAV systems providing following support services and Training for 5 year for AED874 million.

Another contract signed with “Star Satellite Communications Company” (YAHSAT) to provide communications bands, totaling at AED16 million.

Majed Ahmed Al Jaberi announced the international contracts signed on the first day of UMEX SimTEX 2024. They included a contract with the Canadian company “Canadian Aviation Electronics” (CAE) for Service providing to support simulators for training centre at the value of AED 49 million, and a contract with the Chinese company CETC INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD (CATIC) to purchase Systems against Drones at a value of AED 23 million.

Al Meraikhi noted that both “UMEX SimTEX 2024” showcase the UAE’s global leadership in unmanned systems, simulation, and training. He affirmed Tawazun Council’s commitment to fostering collaboration among major defence industry players, locally and globally, to advance and keep current with the rapid technological developments in this domain.

EDGE launches new autonomous air and land solutions

EDGE, one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups in the unmanned and autonomous systems sector, unveiled three new innovative remotely piloted vehicles on the first day of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) and Simulation and Training Exhibition (SimTEX) 2024.

Returning as the Strategic Partner for the sixth edition of UMEX, EDGE is rapidly accelerating UAE designed and manufactured autonomous technology, and expertise, to meet the evolving requirements of its international customers. The latest platforms are purpose-built to operate in demanding environments, covering tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and logistics support.

Mansour Al Mulla, Managing Director and CEO of EDGE Group, said, “UMEX is a leading global event in the unmanned systems sector, and an ideal platform for EDGE to showcase its latest portfolio of advanced remotely piloted and autonomous solutions. We are proud to be making our third appearance as the event’s Strategic Partner, where we are launching innovative new products that offer customers new technologically advanced and cost-effective force multipliers across multiple domains, highlighting the Group’s dedication to developing extensive and diverse capabilities that significantly contribute to strengthening a forward-thinking sovereign defence ecosystem.”

Designed for short take-off and landing (STOL) on unprepared and rough terrain, the GY300 is an unmanned low-maintenance, high-reliability logistics autogyro, capable of transporting a 300kg payload at a low operational cost.

Under land systems, the BUNKER PRO is a tracked, high-performance unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), offering fully autonomous operations such as remote surveillance, exploration, platooning, target identification, and perimeter patrol. The M-BUGGY is a wheeled, multi-terrain UGV, utilising the latest imaging and sensor technology to provide actionable ISR data. The M-BUGGY is part of the live demonstrations for land systems at the ADNEC Grandstand Area.

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