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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 24/02/2009

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) In the largest of seven different orders, the UAE military will buy 12 attack boats from a Swedish firm, Swede Ship Marine, and pay Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Co. to upgrade an additional 12 attack boats, for a total contract value of Dh935 million.

The UAE also sealed an Dh893 million deal for three radar systems from Euro-Art International of Germany. Taken together, these deals are the biggest to be announced so far at the International Defence Exhibition, or IDEX 2009, the region╝s largest defence industry trade fair. The five-day show is to end on Thursday.

These combined purchases by the UAE military exceed the total value of deals signed at the last IDEX, in February 2007, when the country╝s armed forces accounted for 380 million of 545 million in total sales.

Other big orders in the armed forces╝ package included Dh373 million worth of spare parts, ground equipment and crew training for Chinook helicopters, from Boeing Co. of the US, and two helicopters from Italy╝s August SpA costing Dh96 million.

French manufacturer Thales will supply communications systems valued at 330 million, while Harris RF Corp. of the US will provide communications gear worth Dh192 million, IDEX and government officials said. Separately, Abu Dhabi Ship Building Co. has agreed with the government to supply 34 interceptor boats worth Dh460 million. A Turkish company, Yonca Onuk, will design the vessels, the first of which is to be delivered within 12 months, officials said.

Elsewhere at IDEX, Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters signed a deal with EADS Defence & Security for a plan for a police security system.

The project will include a threat assessment, system design and implementation procedures The project directly addresses one of the force╝s key strategic priorities that is to maintain the safety and the security in the Emirate,╜ said Major General Nasser Salem Al Nuaemi, Director of the General Secretariat for the Minister of Interior. An integrated security system is the key for Abu Dhabi Police to cope with the challenges of the very fast development of the Emirate.

EADS Defence & Security and Abu Dhabi Police did not put a value
 on their contract.


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