UAE strikes arms deals worth $380m

Army contracts worth AED1.4bn were announced yesterday at IDEX.
UAE strikes arms deals worth $380m
By Safura Rahimi and agencies
Thu 22 Feb 2007 11:06 AM

The UAE Armed Forces have struck deals worth AED1.4 billion (US$380 million) on the fourth day of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2007), according to a WAM report.

Major General Obaid Al Ketbi told reporters at the show that the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence has signed an AED343 million (US$93 million) deal with the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company, GAMCO, for a five-year contract to maintain its Hawk aircrafts.

The medical care system for Armed Forces personnel is also expected to improve, with further training for UAE paramedics, after the close of an AED400 million (US$109 million) deal with local company Global Medical Solutions.

Other deals signed by the Armed Forces include an AED368 million (US$100 million) contract with local UAE company Maxmix.

The Army is also considering a number of offers submitted by Aerospace companies, including Aeromache of Italy and Super Tucano of Brazil, to supply trainer jets for the UAE Air Force to upgrade the combative skills of pilots.

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