Es­to­nia‘s Mil­rem en­ters into part­ner­ship with UAE‘S de­fense in­dus­try

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - BNS/TBT Staff

The Es­to­nian de­fense con­trac­tor Mil­rem has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with IGG Asel­san In­te­grated Sys­tems (IAIS), a joint ven­ture of the United Arab Emi­rates’ In­ter­na­tional Golden Group and Tur­key’s Asel­san.

“Mil­rem and IGG Asel­san are jointly de­vel­op­ing an un­manned ground ve­hi­cle (UGV) plat­form tai­lored to the needs of the Emi­rates’ armed forces,” Mil­rem CEO Kul­dar Vaarsi said in a press re­lease. “The two com­pa­nies’ pri­mary goal is to launch a tri­als pro­gram in the frame­work of which the ve­hi­cle will be tested for ca­pa­bil­i­ties by the Emi­rates’ sol­diers.”

The joint prod­uct based on Mil­rem’s UGV THEMIS and Asel­san’s re­mote-con­trolled weapon sys­tem SARP is ex­hib­ited on the stand of In­ter­na­tional Golden Group at the IDEX 2017 de­fense in­dus­try fair tak­ing place in Abu Dhabi this week.

Ac­cord­ing to the head of IAIS, Khal­ifa Al Boloushi, Mil­rem’s THEMIS makes an ideal plat­form for SARP. The jointly de­vel­oped un­manned weapon plat­form will be the first of its kind in the UAE and it meets all the cus­tomer’s tac­ti­cal bat­tle­field needs, he said.

“This is a his­toric agree­ment for the en­tire Es­to­nian de­fense in­dus­try. Mil­rem’s part­ner­ship with the lead­ing de­fense in­dus­try en­ter­prise of the UAE is cer­tain to be a trail­blazer for other Es­to­nian en­ter­prises in this re­gion,” Es­to­nian Min­is­ter of De­fense Mar­gus Tsahkna said.

Mil­rem is rep­re­sented on the stand of Ad­vanced Elec­tron­ics Com­pany, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest elec­tron­ics in­dus­try busi­nesses, as well. The com­pa­nies aim to jointly mar­ket THEMIS in Saudi Arabia and ad­just the ve­hi­cle to lo­cal con­di­tions.

The Es­to­nian stand at IDEX 2017 fea­tures an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice de­tec­tion sys­tem based on Mil­rem’s THEMIS plat­form and the Ground­eye sen­sor sys­tem de­vel­oped by Raytheon UK.

“The Mid­dle East mar­ket is very im­por­tant to Mil­rem, as the re­gion’s coun­tries are greatly in­ter­ested in in­tro­duc­ing un­manned so­lu­tions as a new mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity. We wish to be a pre­mier tech­nol­ogy part­ner to those coun­tries’ armed forces,” Vaarsi said.

Mil­rem is an Es­to­nian tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions provider spe­cial­iz­ing in mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial en­gi­neer­ing, re­pair and main­te­nance. The com­pany’s two main lines of busi­ness in­clude the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of un­manned ve­hi­cles, and re­pair and main­te­nance of heavy­duty mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles

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