IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals

IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals
1 / 3
The defense deals were signed at the week-long IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi
IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals
2 / 3
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, left, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attends the opening of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference on February 17, 2019. (AFP)
IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals
3 / 3
Members of the UAE armed forces show their military skills during the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference on Sunday, February 17, in Abu Dhabi. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2019

IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals

IDEX 2019: UAE armed forces sign new defense deals
  • Falcon was developed in response to the UAE’s request to replace the Hawk Air Defense System

ABU DHABI: The UAE armed forces has signed $1.17 million worth of defense contracts with local companies and $514.8 million with international companies, military spokesperson Brigadier General Mohammed Al-Hassani said on Tuesday.

The Emirates on Monday also awarded Raytheon a $1.55 billion contract to supply its air force with platform systems to launch missiles.

The agreement was signed at the week-long IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi and followed the award on Sunday of a 1.3 billion-dirham contract to Raytheon to supply the UAE with patriot missiles.

The UAE armed forces signed a total of 7.2 billion dirhams in contracts on Monday, including 5.8 billion dirhams with international companies, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al-Hassani said, speaking through a translator.

The UAE has signed a total of 12 billion dirhams in contracts since the IDEX exhibition started on Sunday, he said.

Lockheed Martin, Germany’s Diehl Defense, and Sweden’s Saab on Monday launched at IDEX the Falcon air defense weapon system, billed as a replacement to the Hawk system used by countries in the Middle East.

Falcon was developed in response to a UAE request for a replacement for the Hawk system and talks are underway to sell it to the Gulf state, Scott Arnold, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and deputy head of Integrated Air and Missile Defense said.

Weapons sales to the UAE have come under scrutiny over the past year due to the country’s involvement in the Yemen war that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading a military coalition, which includes local forces drawn from Yemeni factions, that is trying to restore the internationally recognized government ousted from power in 2014 by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.