Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Princes attend inauguration of IDEX 2013

Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Princes attend inauguration of IDEX 2013

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended the official inauguration of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX and the naval show, NAVDEX, yesterday.

The ceremony started with the playing of the UAE National Anthem. This was followed by a performance from the Fijian military veterans troupe, entitled " War Spears Dance" and "Fan Dance", proceeded by a performance by a Japanese group, entitled ''Strike terror into the hearts of enemies".

The main feature of the opening ceremony was a spectacular show of power in which the land, air and naval forces of the UAE demonstrated their professional skills in front a large number of guests from Arab and friendly countries.

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum toured various IDEX pavilions, which are, featuring the latest military equipment and various kinds of land, air and sea defence systems.

The Vice President along with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed launched at 'Tawazun pavilion three Nimr armoured vehicles which includes Armoured Personnel Carriers, counter-terrorism Vehicle and combat vehicles manufactured locally by Nimr Automotive, a Tawazun Group company.

Sheikh Mohammed visited Telecommunication Regulatory Authority's pavilion, where he was briefed on the Computer Emergency Response Team. He also visited the Italian Pavilion, which showcases the latest naval military defence technology. The UAE Vice President visited the Italian pavilion, which features the latest naval military defence technology. Then he toured the French pavilion, which showcases the French ships and missile industries. He exchanged greetings with members of the French Fleet who are participating at the Exhibition.

At the Australian pavilion, he was briefed on the latest warplanes, helicopters and technology systems in this field.

His tour also covered the Russian and Chinese pavilions, Emirates Advanced Research and Technology Holding (EARTH).

Sheikh Mohammed's tour took him to the German, Turkish, Chinese and Brazilian stands and others, where the latest defence technology equipment were being shown.

The Vice President hailed the huge participation of the companies, corporations, and local companies at the event.

He also lauded Emirati youth who exhibit their efficiency in all national occasions and sessions. "They always prove beyond doubt that they are able to shoulder the responsibilities with confidence and efficiency," he said. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Hamdan bin Zayed opens NAVDEX

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, opened yesterday the second Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX), the leading event of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in association with the UAE Armed Forces on the dock edge at the ADNEC Marina, NAVDEX is the naval and maritime security section of the tri-service exhibition IDEX.

Flanked by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Major General Isa Saif Al Mazrouie, Deputy Chief of Staff and Rear Admiral Ibrahim al Musharrakh, Commander of UAE Naval Forces, Sheikh Hamdan toured the exhibition which features local and international exhibitors who specialise in naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts.

NAVIDEX has nearly doubled in size since the previous edition, attracting 80 companies representing 15 nations.

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed during his tour on latest maritime technology including: maritime defence and security workboats, command and control systems, navigation and communication systems, and weapons and combat systems.

The expanded quay wall will allow capacity to host nine visiting vessels from five nations, as opposed to the three on display in 2011. America, Italy, France, the UK and Pakistan are bringing a range of mine hunters, missile corvettes and multi supply ships to help showcase technologies from the respective nations. The visiting vessels will be joined by a collection UAE ships on rotation throughout the exhibition. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


UK and UAE in talks on Typhoon

The UK and the UAE are in talks on Typhoon combat aircraft, Philip Dunne, UK minister of defence equipment, support and technology told the Gulf News.

“We are in talks now,” said the British minister, without disclosing any further details about the expected deal and the number of aircraft.

Last November, it was expected that the UK and the UAE would sign a Dh36.8 billion (US$10 billion) deal according to which the UK would provide the UAE Armed Forces with 40 Typhoon aircraft and a five-year maintenance agreement.

A military specialist said that since the visit of Typhoon manufacturers to the UAE last year, they eyed selling a number of aircraft to the UAE as contracts in the defence industry are long term.

He said: “Mega-deals like this potential Typhoon contract usually come round once every decade or even longer, which is why Britain is keen to secure this one.”

The manufacturers of Typhoon had earlier said that the aircraft meets the real long-term defence and security needs of the UAE.

The aircraft, manufactured by the European arms consortium Eurofighter, includes the UK’s BAE Systems, Italy’s Finmeccanica and EADS, owned by the governments of Germany and Spain, eyes to sell a number of aircraft to the UAE.

UK participation

Dunne said that the UK presence in Idex 2013 highlights the important strategic defence relationship between the UK and the UAE.

“Innovation, alliances and joint ventures are key UK themes at Idex 2013. We are taking part with more than 100 companies, demonstrating a range of world-leading defence and security technologies,” said Dunne.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the UAE. Our relationship with the UAE is very important, one we value very highly as the visit last year of our prime minister and the other senior ministers have demonstrated. We are keen to deepen and broaden our strategic relationship, not only on defence and security but across a range of sectors in support of the UAE’s vision 2020 plan,” he added.

The British minister pointed out the UK is encouraging its companies to continue to drive for alliances, joint ventures and partnerships with companies in the UAE and elsewhere in the region to help realise their ambitions to increase and develop indigenous capability. – Gulf News


IDEX, the largest Security and defence EXPO in MENA, says French Defence Minister

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian has affirmed that IDEX 2013 is now the largest Defence and Security Exhibition in the MENA region.

In a statement on the occasion of France's participation in IDEX 2013, the Minister also highlighted the French Army's participation, which included a display of its "Soldier of the future latest technologies" in the fields of spatial communication and Tactical Equipment, along with a demonstration of major French Armed forces combat vehicles.

Around 70 French companies, including independent pavilions are participating at both International Defence Exhibition and Conference, and the Naval Defence Exhibition NAVDEX, being staged here at ADNEC.

He confirmed that a large number of French officials made a presence at IDEX to support and promote French Armed Forces' equipment and technologies that currently being used in several Military theatres around the world and MENA region, notably in the current situation in Africa.

Mr. Jean-Yves also lauded the French-Emirati relations that go back to the early 70s "Thanks to the vision of H.H sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, founder of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates", adding that France has been a trustful and reliable partner to the UAE and has kept improving its support to the UAE Armed Forces through training, joint exercising and operations as well as transfer of operational know-how in almost all areas and providing a large amount of military equipment.

He also added that such strategic relations based on common world view and community interest, led to the signature of the 1995 defense agreement between the two countries, updated in 2007 with the decision to install a French Military base in Abu Dhabi in 2009, The permanent presence of French Military assets is a multiplier of the bilateral military cooperation.

On the industrial cooperation side, the minister said that the trust build between the two nations has led to major successes in the field of defence equipment, adding that French companies have understood the evolution of the Emirati economy and the willingness of the crown prince to develop an industry around high technologies.

Pertaining to the joint defence efforts between France and the GCC countries, Le Drian stated that the security of countries of the GCC remains a legitimate subject of interest for France who has developed defence partnerships with many GCC countries, and signing arms contracts remains a strong signal of the vitality of these partnerships.

He highlighted the many ongoing discussions in the different areas where the French industry has demonstrated its excellence and know-how. "Ongoing negotiations with GCC countries involve satellites, the "Rafale" combat Aircraft, "Tiger" or "NH90" helicopters, the air defence systems based on "Aster" or "Mica" missiles, armoured infantry vehicle "VBCI" or "CAESAR" cannon. the "FREMM" multi-mission frigate, C4I systems." On the French Defence industry side, Le Drian stated that the industry is represented by a dozen major French and Franco-European companies (Thales, DCNS, DASSAULT Aviation, MBDA, EADS including Eurocopter and Astrium) and several thousand SMEs. Clarifying that if Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales hold significant market positions in Civilian areas, the industrial activity of companies such as NEXTER or DCNS is essentially oriented toward the defence and security sector.

Jean-Yves Le Drian continued to explain that the defence sector represents 165000 direct jobs in France, and a turnover of more than 75billion Dh, with more than one third achieved by exporting to foreign countries.

Emphasising on the French government engagement to the project, the French minister of defence stated that his government is particularly attached to the development and consolidation of this strategic industry for the Armed forces and the French economy, stating an example of how much of high attention is paid to keep a high level of investment in Research and Technology to guarantee a continuous access to the best technology to the French Forces and its main partners like the UAE. The French ministry of defence has also dedicated important resources for the support of the French exports in the best interest of its partners.

With the amount of new orders of 6.5 billion Euros in 2011, Jean-Yves Le Drian pointed that France is one of the five leading world exporters of Defence '&' Security equipment, adding that geographic zone of French exports is relatively stable from year to year, and that it reflects the global market, which places France in direct competition with its main competitors.

In the 2006-2011 timeframe, French exportations in the Middle-East region represent 26% of the result. However the Asian and Pacific region demand keeps growing and represents 42% of our exports in 2011, making MENA region France's first customer. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Italy says ready to support UAE technology drive

Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paolo has hailed relations with the UAE and said Italy is ready to support the country's drive to acquire technology in industry and other sectors.

"We are very satisfied with the cooperation with the UAE in the Defense sector. There is definitely room for improvement in the industrial, as well as in the technical/operational, and technical/capability sectors," he told daily Nation Shield in his remarks marking IDEX show.

"We are ready to work in this direction, as we understand the UAE's desire to develop their own industry. We are therefore available to transfer technology and our know-how, also through the participation to common program. Some good examples are already in place, which represent excellent benchmarks.

Di Paolo also said Italy maintains strong ties with other Gulf countries and that the Italian government supports all initiatives by local companies to expand cooperation with the UAE and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

"There is a potential based on government-sponsored initiatives, and we are ready to show the greatest availability and openness to meet all the requirements - be they of industrial, operational, or technical nature - GCC countries may have. We strongly believe long term partnerships may give the best results," he said.

"I think everybody can see the magnitude of Italian presence at IDEX. The displays offer the Italian technology offered to the EAU. Just as the Fincantieri Ships, notably an Abu Dhabi class Corvette and a patrol ship offered to the Emirates Navy. Moreover, one Italian Navy Corvette lies at anchor." He said Italy's participation in IDEX involves the main stakeholders from both the institutional and industrial sectors, adding that all major Italian defence industries have a stand here, including a joint one between the Ministry of Defence and the Federation of Italian Industries for Aerospace, Defence and Security (AIAD).

"The Italian institutional delegation will also be composed by top brass representatives and the meetings planned during this significant exhibition will definitely contribute to enhance the partnership between Italy and the UAE." - Emirates News Agency, WAM



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