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The UAE, the 14th largest military spender in the world in 2016, has a comparative advantage to create a local defense industry as it seeks to meet security needs, diversify its economy, boost employment and enhance its knowledge base, experts and officials said on Wednesday. The UAE, the second biggest Arab economy, is developing a domestic defence industry to help lower its military expenditure, which reached US$22.8 billion in 2017 or 5.7 per cent of GDP, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The biannual International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) offers an outstanding venue every two years to promote defense industry. IDEX follows the same format every other year, with Land, Sea and Air Defense demonstrations and static displays. IDEX consists of diverse events and provides both exhibitors and visitors with excellent services and expertise. IDEX is organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC). It is supported by a professional board of directors and personnel from all government sectors in Abu Dhabi. The superb exhibition facilities include more than 100k SQ meters of indoor and 12k SQ meters of outdoor exhibit space, an 800-seat conference hall, a 100k DQ meter Mobility Demonstration Area, A Marine Demonstration Area for Small Craft and Helicopters; a Naval Berthing Area, and a Live Fire Demonstration Area at the Maqta Range a short drive from the IDEX site that is used for Light Weapons, Artillery and Missiles with Ranges up to 25 KM.

The Dubai Air Show is the third largest event of its type and is touted by the UAE as the foremost aerospace event in the Middle East as well as the fastest growing in the world. The Dubai Air Show is seen by many as a leading indicator of the health of the aviation market in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT)- (Mubadala & General Electric), a wholly-owned Mubadala affiliate company, is a technical and maintenance services provider to commercial and military aviation industries. Under an agreement with GE, ADAT has become the worlds first Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network provider for GEnx engines covering the Middle East and North Africa. ADAT is also a member of GEs MRO network for on-wing support services. GE and its affiliates have also granted ADAT licenses to service certain GE engines and are providing technical support and comprehensive training as part of the agreement.

Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) is a manufacturer of unmanned, remotely controlled vehicles, used where human presence is dangerous or uneconomical. The company is working closely with the U.A.E. Armed Forces, creating complex systems that integrate sensing, navigation, classification, and mission planning capabilities, and is in discussions with international firms concerning future joint ventures and launching products on the international market.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) was established in accordance with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed to have a world-class facility in Abu Dhabi to support the U.A.E. Navy. ADSB specializes in the construction, repair and refit of naval, military and commercial vessels. The company boasts an impressive portfolio of build and refit projects that are collectively worth at least AED 3 billion.

Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS), the fastest-growing homeland security company in the world, is the first company to provide fully-integrated turnkey solutions for internal national security on a nationwide scale. Built on a foundation of years of in-house research and development, combined from mergers and acquisitions of security technology companies, the company has won contracts to secure some of the most important energy production facilities, transportation hubs, borders and urban centers around the globe.

Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC)- (Mubadala, Sikorsky Aircraft, & Lockheed Martin) aims to become a center of excellence for military MRO by providing a broad range of aviation capabilities from first line, second line and depot level MRO services to meet the growing demands of the U.A.E. Armed Forces and regional military forces.

Burkan Munitions Systems LLC is the first ammunition factory in the U.A.E. The company serves the needs of the Armed Forces in the U.A.E and the region and offers ammunitions refurbishment, R&D, and training services, providing job opportunities for U.A.E. nationals in fields requiring advanced expertise, including R&D, investment, and technology.

Caracal holds the distinction of being the first national arms manufacturer in the U.A.E. In 2006, Caracal International LLC was incorporated and registered as a company in Abu Dhabi. With that, the foundation of a highly advanced pistol manufacturing industry was established for the first time in the GCC. Caracal was officially launched in February 2007 at the prestigious IDEX 2007 in Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI) is a business development and investment company based in Abu Dhabi. EAI explores and develops new investments in the local economy.

Global Aerospace Logistics, (GAL) is a limited liability company registered in Abu Dhabi in July 2007 with two partners, the controlling partner being EAI. GAL was founded with the objective of establishing a flagship company focusing on critical U.A.E. defense programs. GAL is a major service provider to the U.A.E. Air Force & Air Defense and Air Traffic Control.

GA Land Systems provides professional engineering & technical services, including the supply of mission critical armored vehicle systems, upgrades of existing combat vehicles & obsolescent sub-systems, maintenance & repair, sale of spare parts & accessories, supply chain management, integrated logistic support, training, testing & evaluation.

International Golden Group (IGG) is at the forefront of defense hardware supply in the U.A.E. and the Gulf Region. IGG serves establishments and entities of the highest order such as the U.A.E. Armed Forces, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Critical National Infrastructure Authority.

Mubadala Aerospace- (Mubadala & General Electric) integrated approach to the aerospace sector encompasses comprehensive manufacturing through to Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) services. Mubadala GE Capital PJSC, a US$ 8 billion commercial finance joint venture, will capitalize on investment opportunities through GE Capitals existing global origination infrastructure.

NIMR Automotive is a vehicle manufacturer based in Abu Dhabi, providing a portfolio of products for clients including international armed forces and internal security organizations. The firm develops and produces customizable, interoperable platforms, offering transport solutions for a wide range of combat and non-combat scenarios.

STRATA is a composite aerostructures manufacturing facility, wholly-owned by Mubadala, which has formed partnerships with a number of leading aerospace companies to establish manufacturing programs at a new plant in Al Ain. Initial contracts, worth more than AED 4.8 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) have been signed with partners.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC) is a leading provider of military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services across the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) region supporting more than 35 fixed and rotary wing aircraft types. AMMROC is a joint venture company owned by Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sikorsky Aerospace Services (A Lockheed Martin Company).

Tawazun Holding is a strategic investment firm focused on the long-term development of Abu Dhabis industrial manufacturing and technology capabilities and knowledge-transfer with a specific focus on the defense sector.

Tawazun Advanced Defense Systems (TADS) is a new company formed to develop and manufacture long-range sniper rifles for the international defense market. As a new pioneer in cutting-edge sniper rifle technology, TADS is in a position to further advance the research and development capabilities of Tawazuns portfolio companies.

Tawazun Precision Industries is a fully-owned subsidiary of Tawazun, with a wide range of capabilities that are geared to serve all facets of industrial needs for Tawazun emerging industries. TPI is a preferred supplier of machined components and metallic aerostructures for the aeronautics, oil and gas industries.



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