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Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE Apaches to receive local repair and sustainment
UAE-based defence conglomerate EGDE has signed an MoU with long-standing partner Lockheed Martin to ‘enhance capabilities for [UAE AH-64D] Apache pilots’..
The MoU for a Special Repair Activity (SRA), signed on 15 November in a ceremony during the Dubai Airshow 2021, the EARTH business within EDGE will localise Modernised Targeting and Designator Sensor (M-TADS) repair and sustainment activities in the UAE.
M-TADS is the EO-based fire control system for the Apache.
EDGE and Lockheed Martin envisage the M-TADS SRA as a long-term partnership to blend ‘Lockheed Martin’s decades of experience in integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems and EARTH’s in-depth understanding of the regional and global defence landscape’.
EARTH and Lockheed Martin will also explore ‘innovative ways to localise critical aspects of sustainment of Apaches flown by the [UAE] Joint Aviation Command’, EDGE added in a statement.
UAE Joint Aviation Command operates a fleet of 30 Apaches, with another ten on order.
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