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06:17 PM, March 4, 2015
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The UAE Armed Forces have signed seven agreements worth Dh3.955 billion ($1.07 billion) to procure helicopters, radars and rifles with local and foreign defence companies.

Spokesman for the UAE GHQs Major General Dr Obaid Al Ketbi was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times that a Tawazun Holding Company’s unit M/s Dynamics will supply ultra precision guided bombs — Al Tariq.

Al Tariq is a family of strap-on bomb kit systems, custom made for Mk81, Mk82 and Mk83 bombs, expertly utilising GPS/INS guidance, increased targeting accuracy by utilising Semi Active Laser or Imaging Infrared seekers, according to the website of the Abu Dhabi based company Tawazun Dynamics.

Al Tariq provides users with all weather, day/night operational capabilities. The UAE Armed Forces signed a deal with Italy’s Augusta Westland to procure nine helicopters type 139 valuing Dh732 million ($199 million).

Maj-Gen Al Ketbi said, out of nine helicopters, six would be used for search and rescue operations and remaining three would be used for VIPs flights. A Tawazun Holding company Caracal, which manufactures guns and pistols, has won a contract to supply 80,000 CAR-816 rifles in a deal valuing Dh763 million. Switzerland’s Rheinmentall Air Defence has got a deal to supply technical support and spares for the Sky Guard cannon systems amounting to Dh34 million.

Thales Communications and Security will supply technical support, maintenance of the sign systems in a deal valuing Dh21 million ($199 million).  The UAE Armed Forces awarded a Dh864 million ($235 million) worth deal to Emirates Advanced Research and Technology Holding (EARTH) for the development of Oshkosh military vehicles (M-ATV), boost technical support and improve maintenance through provision of spare parts and services. 

British firm Raytheon Systems will provide radars worth Dh11 million ($2.9 million).

 

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