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Huge deals signed at IDEX on sec­ond day

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ABU DHABI: 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 Dhs7.293 bil­lion, with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. The cu­mu­la­tive value of deals signed at IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 is now Dhs12.323 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 Dhs6.983 bil­lion, which is 95 per cent of the to­tal deal value for to­day, and Dhs310 mil­lion of deals were agreed with UAE com­pa­nies, which is 5 per cent of to­day’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 the 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 air­crat for the Air De­fence Com­mand and Air Force, at a value of Dhs3,742,563,872, 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 Dhs2,614,441,400.

Mean­while, Sean Mur­phy, Chargé d’af­faires at the United States em­bassy in Abu Dhabi, has af­firmed that the United Arab Emi­rates and the United States of Amer­ica en­joy a decades-old strate­gic part­ner­ship. On the side­line of his par­tic­i­pa­tion at IDEX 2021, Mur­phy said, “We are grate­ful to the gov­ern­ment of the UAE for host­ing this global event,” adding that IDEX 2021 was a chal­lenge in light of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“We thank the UAE for the dis­tin­guished or­gan­i­sa­tion that we see to­day,” he added.

Also on Mon­day, Pak­istan said it wants to en­hance the level and scope of mil­i­tary en­gage­ments with the UAE. This was stated by Gen­eral Nadeem Raza, Chair­man of Joint Chiefs of Staff Com­mi­tee of Pak­istan, ater atend­ing the cer­e­mony of sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween Pak­istan’s Global In­dus­trial & De­fence So­lu­tions and UAE’S Tawazun.

Lieu­tenant-colonel Sarah Al Ha­jri, fur­ther com­mented: “Ad­di­tional agree­ments were put in place with In­ter­na­tional Golden Group IGG, pur­chas­ing rock­ets for 122mm rock­ets at a cost Dhs285,000,000.

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