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Indigenous Middle East defence industry faces three key challenges

7th September 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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As Gulf countries seek to develop sustainable defence industries to supply their own armed forces with an increasing percentage of indigenously manufactured equipment, steps need to be taken in transparency and local legislation in order to provide them with opportunities in the export market.

Additionally, oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE have in recent years sought to build up their defence industries in order to lessen their reliance on external suppliers.

During a 2 September webinar exploring the Middle Eastern defence and security sector, industry officials and experts from regional and international think tanks and institutions provided

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