Etimad Holding L.L.C achieves great success during “IDEX 2021”

Etimad Holding Group – the Emirati leading company in security and defense industries – announced the success of its participation in IDEX 2021 exhibition, which was recently held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. In fact, the group managed to conclude a number of important agreements and deals, and had discussed cooperation with a number of participating international companies.

Mr. Khaled Al Ali, Chairman and CEO of Etimad Holding Group, said: “Organizing IDEX 2021 has confirmed the success of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates in embracing the activities of this global event, while taking precautionary and preventive measures that ensured the successful continuation of the exhibition’s activities amidst the great participation and attendance”.

Al Ali added, “We were keen to review the latest products and industries created and developed by Etimad Holding, which constitute a qualitative addition to the defense and security sector in the United Arab Emirates. We presented a group of qualitative industries that we are proud to produce and manufacture, such as drones used for training, surveillance or target purposes; radar devices; advanced surveillance cameras for vital installations, borders and cities; cyber and electronic protection devices; and encrypted communication devices. All these are manufactured under the supervision of our Emirati national cadres, and we are proud to manufacture those 100% in the country.

Al Ali confirmed that the participation in “IDEX 2021” exhibition has added more success to the company’s portfolio, which prompts us to continue working and provide the best services and equipment that enhance the country’s position in the field of security and defense industries”.

Mr. Al Ali explained that the Emirati companies that had a prominent presence in IDEX exhibition have been keen to display their advanced industries and products in land, sea and air fields. They have also used artificial intelligence techniques to keep pace with the technological development in this important field. He furthermore highlighted that this is with thanks and in evidence of the UAE leadership’s keenness to support and sponsor the UAE national industry in the defense and security field, and the high quality that it maintains, which enhances customer confidence in our UAE defense and security industries.

Military drones soar above battlefields

EDJ 80 target drone display at the Etimad Holdings Pavillion during Opening of International Defense Exhibition and Conference held at ADNEC Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, February 19,2017.

As drone technology becomes more advanced, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will increasingly be used to perform a wide range of critical missions in which manned flights are dangerous or impractical, according to experts at IDEX.

A wide range of UAVs are on display at IDEX, ranging from small, man-portable, rotary-wing variants designed to be carried by on-the-ground tactical units, to larger, weaponised versions that currently patrol and carry out frequent strikes in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other active combat zones.

Among the companies displaying drones at IDEX is Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which produces light-weight UAV’s, one of which, the ScanEagle has the ability to fly unnoticed over targets for up to 24 hours at altitudes at almost 6,000 metres, depending on payloads.

Since first seeing active service over the skies of Iraq in 2004, ScanEagles have accumulated almost a million flight hours, many of them over active battlefields worldwide.

“What it really enabled the operator is a new picture of the battle space. They were better able to understand enemy combatant movements, and they were better able to take control of that battle space,” said Mark Bauman, Associate VP of Insitu Defense.

The drone’s main benefit, Bauman said, was that it allowed troops “ensure the safety and security” of their forces.

“It was a game charger to have eyes in the sky keeping watch over those forces,” he said.

The alternative, Bauman noted, would have been to put a manned asset – such as a helicopter – in harm’s way, or to rely solely on the capabilities of those on the ground.

“That’s only a two-dimensional view, versus getting overhead and obtaining that three-dimensional view,” he said.

Additionally, Insitu’s airframes take off with the assistance of a catapult-like pneumatic launcher, and are recovered using a hook and cable – meaning they can be installed in remote areas where runways aren’t available, or even on moving ships.

“It’s a runway independent system that allows for a quick-setup…you can launch, recover and tow everything with a pickup truck, and that’s a pretty innovative concept,” Bauman noted. “There’s a requirement for this type of capability in the region.”

Professor Thomas Jones of S-Plane Automation – a South African company that specialises in turning manned aircraft into “optionally-manned” or unmanned versions – noted that in the future the world will likely see unmanned vehicles take over in a wide variety of missions in which it would’t be suitable, or safe, for a pilot to fly.

“It’s safe to do that, and you can do so without any loss of life,” he noted. “Additionally, automation gives an added value to an (aerial) system. If you take out to pilots, that can be replaced with a full payload.”

Unmanned systems, Professor Jones added, can be put to a variety of “para-military” uses in which an aircraft may require the ability to remain airborne for amounts of time that would be impossible if pilots were sitting in a cockpit, for sometimes upwards of 20 hours.

“Unmanned systems could be useful for providing security at an event, for example, or for border security missions,” he said. “Anything that is dull, dirty or dangerous, but in which you need the ability to perform.”

Dh4b inked on Day 3 of Idex

UAE Armed Forces has awarded a total of 52 deals worth more than Dh15.41b since the International Defence Exhibition started

Abu Dhabi: The UAE awarded military contracts worth Dh4 billion to local and international companies on the third day of the International Defence Exhibition (2017), organisers said.

US-based companies Raytheon, Boeing, German company Rheinmetall, South Africa’s Paramount Group and European company BAE Systems bagged some of the biggest deals announced on Tuesday.

Among the local companies that won deals are Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company (Adasi), International Golden Group, Al Jaber, Al Masaood among others.

US-based Raytheon won the biggest deal: an Dh828 million contract to supply spare parts for air defence to the UAE Armed Forces, followed by Adasi which won a contract worth Dh377 million to offer integrated logistics support for aircraft.

Other major contracts include a Dh275 million deal clinched by UAE-based Bayanat for licence software and the production of spatial information, a contract with UAE-based Palms Sports to provide specialised jiu-jitsu and combat training instructors for Dh365 million, and a Dh285 million contract with Etimad Holding for the maintenance of border security systems and critical infrastructure.

The Boeing contract worth Dh68 million is related to providing C-17 Globe Master III logistics support and training simulator maintenance.

German company Rheinmetall clinched a deal worth Dh34 million to provide technology support, supply spare parts for the UAE air force.

Another German company Blucher won a deal worth Dh164 million to supply protective body armour and supplementary accessories.

South Africa’s Paramount Group will supply 8×8 armoured vehicles worth Dh10 million.

“Over the past three days during Idex and Navdex 2017, the UAE Armed Forces penned a cumulative of 52 deals worth more than Dh15.41 billion,” said Idex spokesperson Brigadier-General Rashid Al Shamsi.

On the first day, deals worth Dh4.5 billion were announced and on the second day the total contract value stood at Dh7 billion.

Organisers are expecting the total value of contracts awarded to various companies to go up to Dh20 billion by the end of the event on Thursday.

More than 1,200 defence firms from 57 countries are taking part in the five-day event that got underway on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre.

Russian company Rostec said on Tuesday that they are collaborating with the UAE in developing a light combat aircraft that is expected to be ready in seven to eight years’ time.

The company is planning to create manufacturing facilities in the UAE to build the aircraft. The total investment in the project is not known.

In another announcement on Wednesday, UAE-based Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Company will supply unmanned surface vessels to the Dubai Civil Defence.

Al Marakeb confirmed to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dubai Civil Defense to provide them with a fire-fighting vessel which can be operated remotely in an environment that would be difficult or dangerous for conventional approaches.

Etimad Holding at (IDEX 2019)

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Thursday visited the concluding day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2019, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed inspected several national and international pavilions and reviewed their latest military, defence, telecommunications, protection and security technologies.

He spoke with representatives of the event’s exhibitors and learnt about the development projects launched by international companies, as well as their role in promoting security, achieving stability and protecting cities.

He also spoke with them about the role of IDEX, which is a key international platform for exchanging research, expertise and future ideas.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed visited the pavilions of Bin Hilal Enterprises, BCB International, Aquila Aerospace, the Trust International Group, and the Emirates Advanced Research and Technology Holding, EARTH, as well as the Greek pavilion and those of the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, UAE University, and the Egyptian, Ukrainian and Australian pavilions.

At the end of his tour, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed thanked the Higher Organising Committee and partners of the 14th edition of IDEX, which celebrated its silver anniversary, as well as participating international companies, institutions and the exhibition’s visitors.

He expressed his pride at the world-class organisation of the event, which is a key platform for showcasing the latest defence and military developments and how to benefit from them, to develop the country’s industrial, military and civilian projects and programmes that are key to its comprehensive development while affirming that enhancing the capabilities of the national defence industry will remain a strategic goal.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed said that IDEX 2019 began a new stage of partnerships and cooperation between companies and entities that manufacture and market defence and military products and systems while pointing out that the exhibition attracts major international companies and institutions, as well as many visitors, which reflects its success as a destination for relevant companies and its stature as the best environment for the sector’s prosperity.

He added that the exhibition has provided, over 25 years, an international platform for viewing the latest defence and military systems and the industry’s latest innovations, making it a key event for promoting innovation, initiatives, ideas and pioneering while expressing his pride at the exhibition’s organisation and its level of participation, which have contributed to its success.

Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied during the tour by Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of IDEX, and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince’s Court of Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed bin Zayed continues tours of IDEX 2019

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today continued his tours of several national and foreign pavilions in the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2019, now running at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

During his tour, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed reviewed the key development programmes and plans of international companies and their defence equipment and technologies.

Sheikh Mohamed began his tour at the pavilion of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, which is showcasing its latest research in robotics and drones. He then visited the pavilion of the Al Hamra Group, which specialises in defence, security and information gathering, before touring the stand of Al Yah Sat, which is showcasing its latest government and military space-based communication technologies.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince also visited the pavilion of the Emirates Defence Industries Company, where he inspected several advanced armoured vehicles, followed by General Automatics, which specialises in researching and manufacturing remote-controlled surveillance planes.

He then visited the Etimad Holding Group, which is offering various products that include training drones.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed also toured the Singapore Pavilion, where he was briefed about the devices and equipment being showcased by ST Engineering

He inspected the pavilion of the Higher Colleges of Technology and learnt about the leading projects of its students. He then toured the pavilion of Georgia’s State Military Scientific-Technical Center, Delta.

Sheikh Mohamed also visited the pavilion of the Ahmed Al Mazrouei Group and learnt about its expertise in Artificial Intelligence, before touring the stand of the Darwish bin Ahmed and Sons Company.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed viewed the exhibited items of the Saudi Al Tadrea Manufacturing Company, the Mobile Land System Company and the Indonesian Pavilion.

He also visited the pavilion of the NEXTER Group and inspected the stand of the South Korean Hanwha Corporation, which specialises in mine clearing equipment.

Sheikh Mohamed also visited the Chinese Pavilion before touring the Naval Defence Exhibition, NAVDEX 2019, which includes frigates, supply ships, soldier transportation ships, mine detection ships, naval patrol vessels and coast patrols ships. He was received upon his arrival by Rear Admiral Pilot Staff Major General Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Commander of the Naval Forces.

His Highness reviewed the products of the Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company, as well as its naval projects and programmes. He also inspected the pavilions of the French Naval Group, which specialises in naval defence and marine renewable energy, as well as Al Seer Marine, which manufactures boats and unmanned maritime vessels, as well as the Italian company, Leonardo, and Al Fattan from the UAE.

His Highness was accompanied during his tour by Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince’s Court of Abu Dhabi, and Staff Lt. General Eng. Issa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.

DSEI 2017

London’s four day defence and security equipment international exhibition DSEI is the setting for a major push to raise the UAE defence industries profile. Etimad holding was one of the UAE companies that was part of the UAE pavilion at the DSEI on the first international participation to promote its border and city surveillance systems. The company was cited by defence officials as home grown business using UAE technologies, while many exporters relied on foreign components.