EOS to invest $54.5m in defense systems for MENA

EOS recently successfully fired anti-tank missiles and a 30 mm cannon from their R400S-Mk2 remote weapon station mounted on a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, in firings conducted at the Redstone Test Center, Alabama, US.
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Updated 28 June 2020

EOS to invest $54.5m in defense systems for MENA

Abu Dhabi-based EOS Advanced Technologies LLC has unveiled ambitious plans to invest 200 million dirhams ($54.5 million) in the research and development (R&D) of next-generation defense systems for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region throughout the year 2021.

Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Blooshi, CEO of EOS, said: “We are targeting new promising markets in this region with R&D projects as part of our $1 billion global investments in the much-needed state-of-the-art defense technologies.

“We are also keen to attract talented young Emirati’s to assist them to develop their capabilities in R&D, and be a nucleus for the UAE’s future industry in this vital area.”

EOS recently successfully fired anti-tank missiles and a 30 mm cannon from their R400S-Mk2 remote weapon station (RWS) mounted on a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV). The firings, conducted at the Redstone Test Center, Alabama, US, were part of a R&D project involving EOS Defense Systems USA and the Javelin Joint Venture (a partnership of Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin). The team worked together to fully integrate the Javelin with EOS’ RWS within 10 months. At the shoot the US Army supplied the Javelin missiles and the Northrop Grumman M230LF Bushmaster gun.

Commenting on the firing exercise, Brigadier General (retired) Phil Coker, CEO of EOS Defense Systems USA, said: “This was an exceptional opportunity to fire one of the most lethal anti-tank missiles in the world in conjunction with a 30 mm chain gun to validate that they are completely interoperable. The ability to effectively counter any maneuver threat on the modern battlefield is a significant advantage to an army that has to deploy to any fight. At the same time, the capacity that the R400 offers to clearly identify friend-from-foe at the Javelin’s max range is an advantage that few other systems offer.”

The EOS R400S-MK2 RWS is in full-rate production and is currently in use by six allied nations. Due to its light weight (less than 420 kg), the system can be mounted on a broad range of fighting and support vehicles, both wheeled and tracked. 

Javelin was first deployed in 1996, and has been involved in more than 5,000 engagements by US and coalition forces.

Aloka Wellness to bring world’s leading healers to Kingdom

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Aloka Wellness to bring world’s leading healers to Kingdom

Aloka  Wellness, which offers a digital platform for engaging with some of the world’s leading health, fitness and wellness practitioners, is exploring organizing wellness retreats in Jeddah, Al-Ula and Taif.

“The dynamic and multicultural makeup of Saudi Arabia and the Aloka  Family is aligned with global trends and sustainable development goals. With the transition to affording its citizens increased access to wellness and fitness remedies, Aloka  Wellness is primed to partner with the Saudi government through educational and civic systems and agencies to help facilitate related Vision 2030 objectives,” a statement said. 

With tourism being a key driver in the Kingdom’s strategic planning, Aloka recognizes that wellness tourism is a fast-emerging sub-sector. 

“Given the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and safety concerns for in-person gatherings, virtual retreats like the GLOW Live Retreat taking place between July 1 and 15 on Aloka’s Instagram page, provides a viable alternative, while promoting Saudi Arabia’s brand and highlighting its ongoing positive transformation,” it said.

Aloka’s founders — Asta Barry and Hélène Bégusseau — have been residing and working in Saudi Arabia and France. Working in these modern states has exposed the team to the unique opportunity to align their passion with the Saudi government’s Vision 2030 program to create an even healthier population and drive sustainable development initiatives to enhance overall quality of life in the Kingdom.

Customarily, researching and accessing a curated network of trained professionals relied on individual searches and subjective recommendations. Aloka  Wellness individually engages and partners with health professionals globally to create a family network focused on providing ethical and experience-based curated sessions and information. 

Every facet of human holistic well-being is catered to via a user-friendly website. Its services range from yoga, meditation, naturopathy, food and nutrition, health coaching, bodywork and fitness, martial arts, psychological and emotional therapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other specialty practices to help attain overall work-life balance. 

With nearly 100 wellness practitioners already partnered with, Aloka said it is focused on working with only the most respected and experienced industry professionals. Their mission is to create a global network of healers to provide universal access to sustainable well-being practices.