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Abu Dhabi plans to build underwater training centre

Thales Group and Atlas Elektroniks said project aims to help combat submarine attacks

Abu Dhabi plans to build underwater training centre
The centre will feature state-of-the-art technologies, and will provide professional training on countering hostile submarines. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Thales Group and Atlas Elektroniks have announced the launch of plans for a new underwater training centre in Abu Dhabi.

The launch followed an agreement with Tawazun Economic Program, one of the key drivers of the Tawazun Economic Council, which was signed at IDEX 2019.

In a joint statement, Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief economic development officer at Tawazun Economic Council, said that the project aims to launch an underwater training centre for anti-submarine counter attack, and the operation and management of mine-sweeping mines.

He said the centre will feature state-of-the-art technologies, and will provide professional training on countering hostile submarines, as well as on operating marine radar detectors which use ultrasound for detecting underwater objects.

“Tawazun, once again, showcases its role as a key contributor to the empowerment and sustainable development of the defense and security sector in the UAE. We work closely with our strategic partners to ensure a seamless process of technology transfer to the local market, in line with our strategic needs and requirements. This centre is considered the first of its kind in the region,” he added.

Pascale Sourisse, senior executive vice-president Thales International Development said: “Thales enjoys a deep-rooted partnership with the United Arab Emirates Navy. The launch of the training centre stems from our commitment to contribute towards the development of sovereign capabilities, and talent in the UAE.”

Michael Ozegowski, chief execution officer Atlas Elektroniks, added: “We are committed to supporting the operational needs of the UAE Navy, and are delighted to work with Tawazun Economic Council to launch a one-of-a-kind training centre.”

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