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Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE MoD announce international deals

14th November 2017 - 04:11 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Dubai

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The UAE MoD has announced a multitude of contracts totalling more than AED3.3 billion ($911 million) with a range of companies from the US and Europe at the Dubai Airshow.

The wide range of deals include the country’s armed forces announcement of intention to upgrade its jet fighter Mirage 2000-9 fleet with Dasault and Thales.

In a statement on the aircraft renewal programme, Maj Gen Ishaq Saleh Al Balushi, of the UAE MoD, commented: ‘This modernisation comes within the framework of the directives of the wise leadership of the country to support and promote the comprehensive development of our armed forces in various branches and in line with the requirements of our armed forces.’

Furthermore, a multi-million AED deal was announced between the UAE MoD and Raytheon. A military official informed a press conference that the purchase of GBU-12 and GBU-10 Paveway laser-guided kits with materials and equipment was a new order and not a replenishment.

It is worth AED2.5 billion and is a direct deal with the company and not via a US FMS programme. The countries have been allies for more than 40 years. 

‘This is a procurement of bombs [sic] … it is a bomb to be utilised,’ the official told journalists at the Dubai Airshow.

Other deals included the ordering of the Rheinmetall 35mm artillery shells for air defence, and despite being an air show the MoD also announced the establishment of a remotely controlled systems training centre with CAE Maritime Middle East, among a few other signings.

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