Huge deals signed at IDEX on second day
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.