Israeli-UAE partnership to develop C-UAS solution
Efforts in the United Arab Emirates to develop counter-UAS (C-UAS) capabilities continue to take shape, after defence conglomerate Edge announced a strategic agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The two parties agreed to develop an advanced solution ‘tailored to the UAE market, with wider ranging benefits for the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] region and beyond’, according to an 11 March statement from IAI.
SIGN4L (the EW subsidiary of Edge) will work with IAI on the project, which signifies a deeper level of defence and security cooperation between Israel and the UAE since relations between the two countries were normalised in September 2020.
IAI declared: ‘The C-UAS [will be] fully autonomous requiring no to limited human [involvement]. A series of countermeasures, ranging from jamming to drone destruction, will be offered based on the level of threat and the customer's targeted operating environment.’
The jointly developed C-UAS system will include an advanced C2 element. Components will include radar, optical and RF detection and identification systems; soft-kill solutions (jamming, cyber take over); and guns, missiles, electromagnetic weaponry or laser technology to deliver a hard kill.
Further support will be available via the partnership between IAI and Belgium Advanced Technology Systems, which has a technical and marketing presence in the Middle East.
During the recent IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, SIGN4L signed an MoU with MBDA and CILAS to develop of laser-based C-UAS weapon systems.
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