Made-in-UAE radar set to be tested in July

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: The UAE's de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies are work­ing on ex­cit­ing projects in­clud­ing a radar, which will be tested in July this year, a top of­fi­cial said on Sun­day at the Un­manned Sys­tems Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence. Abu Dhabi based de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ers, who en­tered into the new in­dus­try some eight years ago with the pro­duc­tion of heavy mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, are now in­volved in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing of so­phis­ti­cated weapons at par with the de­vel­oped na­tions. They are now man­u­fac­tur­ing preda­tor drones, which are al­most com­pa­ra­ble with any other drones, naval war ships, mis­sile boats and other mil­i­tary hard­ware.

An Abu Dhabi-based com­pany Emi­rates Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Cen­tre said that it has lo­cally con­ceived and de­vel­oped a radar sys­tem that can de­tect hos­tile air­craft and mis­siles and plan­ning a test in July. The com­pany is work­ing on sev­eral other projects in­clud­ing in­stalling an an­tenna on a drone to jam elec­tronic sig­nals in a par­tic­u­lar area. "This is our in­no­va­tion, and idea," the of­fi­cial said. The com­pany is al­ready in an ad­vance stage of de­vel­op­ing a drone which can mon­i­tor mov­ing ve­hi­cles in an area as large as four square kilo­me­tres.

Emi­rates Ad­vance Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy Hold­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Khal­ifa Univer­sity is en­gaged in this pro­ject. The com­pany will carry out re­search and de­vel­op­ment in elec­troop­tics, laser seek­ing plat­forms, un-manned ve­hi­cles and ro­bot­ics next year. An­other Abu Dhabi-based com­pany Ad­com is man­u­fac­tur­ing five dif­fer­ent types of drones and its chair­man Dr Ali Al Dhe­heri said a good num­ber of its in­vented UAVs (un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles) are in the ser­vice.

Al Dhe­heri said Yab­hon-United 40 is a medium al­ti­tude long en­durance UAV, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Ad­com Sys­tems for strate­gic mis­sions in­clud­ing near real time com­bat as­sess­ment; bat­tle dam­age as­sess­ment; in­tel­li­gence prepa­ra­tion of the bat­tle­field; spe­cial op­er­a­tions, re­con­nais­sance op­er­a­tions and hu­man­i­tari­tian mis­sions and bor­der sur­veil­lance and com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­lay.

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