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  1. Al Bhatti

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    February 20, 2013

    UAE suppliers get their share of the contracts

    Many local buyers assume that local products are not of the same standard as international ones

    UAE manufacturers of military uniforms and body armour are expecting to close deals with various government entities during Idex as they call on customers to buy locally.

    Hard Shell, a UAE-based company that produces helmets and bullet-proof vests, is in “healthy talks and constructive discussion” with the Ministry of Interior in Abu Dhabi about testing its products, said Anil Kant, the company’s chief executive.

    “It [the local defence manufacturing industry] is in the nascent stage and can develop further. Buyers are brain-washed to go to the UK or US for the best technology, but we bought this technology here. We are here because we want to save lives and of course there is a commercial side to that,” Kant said.

    The company, which currently exports 98 per cent of its products to Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and countries not under US or UN embargoes, hopes to attract more local business.

    The problem is that many local buyers assume that the local products are not of the same standard as international ones so local firms should do more to become visible in the UAE, he said.

    “Something like the Defence Manufacturing Association, like in the US, would be a good start. It can then lobby the government in the right way forward. In three to five years it could start,” he said, urging the government to buy local products and support the country’s industries.

    Hard Shell has a plant in the SAIF zone in Sharjah and produces 1,000 sets of body armour per week with raw materials imported from DuPont.

    Other local manufacturers rely mainly on product orders from the UAE government.

    Competition

    Al Naboodah Protection, part of Al Naboodah group that produces bullet-proof vests, army uniforms, backpacks and camouflage jackets, said 75 per cent of its products were sold locally and its biggest client is the UAE Armed Forces.

    “We can compete with international companies and our products are better than Asian products because it is better quality,” said Abdullah Al Hosani, retired brigadier general staff and general manager of Al Naboodah Protection.

    “The trend in the market is to buy from local companies. There’s directives from higher authorities. And we draw on experience from international companies,” he said.

    The company also exports to the GCC and African countries such as Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria, he said. The production capacity of its factory in Ras Al Khor industrial area at Nadd Al Hamar in Dubai is 20,000 to 25,000 bullet proof vests a year.

    Al Naboodah Protection has also invested in importing security products that it hopes to sell to airports in the UAE.

    These include a fingerprint scanner that detects traces of drugs and explosives, a weather scanner that feeds information to air pilots and a reconnaissance machine that detects chemical or nuclear radiation and other pollutants up to 25 kilometres ahead.

    The company is in talks with the UAE Armed Forces for these products, he said.

    UAE suppliers get their share of the contracts | GulfNews.com
     
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    Tuwaiq mountain ranges the MRAP is named after:
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    get some pics from pakistan pavillion ASAP, or ELSE !!

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    who says Arabs / Muslims hate American soldiers :woot: ....
    Look at the sissy boy blushing :lol:
     
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    He is a French soldier.
     
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    I have Imagination an with that Pic :)
     
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    There is a mistake in the article. ALAS speed is around 200 m/s. And ALAS is for the most part already developed, but Serbia does not have the money to start production of the missile, and UAE does. So this is the great deal for the both countries.

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    UAVs from Pakistan6

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    By: David Donald
    Published: 21 Feb 2013
    Having been previously shown at the IDEAS exhibition in Karachi, a number of UAVs from Global Industrial and Defence Solutions (GIDS) are making their first international appearances as part of IDEX’s Unmanned Systems Area (U-006).

    GIDS is exhibiting five UAV designs, ranging in size from the hand-launched Scout to the 6.6m span Shahpar.

    GIDS has developed all the systems for the medium-range tactical Shahpar, with the exception of its Rotax 912 engine. The suite of indigenous systems includes the fully autonomous control system and the Zumr-I (EP) multisensor turret. The vehicle has a 50kg payload capability, and an endurance of more than seven hours. The Shahpar has completed its test and qualification phase, and is now in production for the Pakistan Army and Air Force.

    The smaller Uqab tactical UAV, part of a family developed by the Xpert division of GIDS, has been in service with the Pakistan Army and Navy since 2010.

    Its 50hp engine gives it a ceiling of 3,000m and an endurance of six hours. Uqab takes off on a wheeled undercarriage from conventional runways, but the Pakistan Navy had a requirement for a zero-length launch version, primarily for shipboard use. GIDS modified the Uqab to cater for a rocket-boosted launch and parachute recovery, resulting in the Huma that is undergoing trials now. GIDS is showing two man-portable systems. The 8kg Sentry can be wheel- or rail-launched, and comes in two versions. With a small petrol engine, the long-range model can fly more than an hour, while the short-range model is powered by a brushless electric motor, giving it about 45 minutes of silent operation. Also on display is the 4kg Scout, a hand- or catapult-launched mini-UAV that gives 45 minutes’ endurance from its electric motor before recovering near-vertically by entering a deep stall. Trials of the Scout by the Army are nearly complete and it is now in the process of service induction.

    The company has also developed a range extension kit for GP series bombs, which converts general-purpose steel bombs to guided weapons.
     
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    4000 tons
     
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    Bhaia Pakistani products dekh dekh k ab to zubani yaad ho gya ha kia wahan kia hoga. :D