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2021-02-01

MILKOR: UAE is the Right Base to Offer Defence Capabilities Globally

Milkor, a South African defence major specialising in unmanned air, land, and sea capabilities, has said that its decision to open a full-fledged manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi, its second international presence, is guided by the vision of UAE that is in line with its own. 

By Sakha Pramod
 
“UAE is at the forefront of various industries related to defence and is providing us with a base to offer our capabilities as a company. We thank the UAE leadership for making this possible,” said Julian Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer, Milkor UAE. 
 
Milkor UAE will officially launch at IDEX and is also showcasing products entirely owned by Milkor UAE at the expo. “The products that we are launching are going to turn heads at IDEX 2021. We are already engaged with local end users for demonstration purposes and we are planning to conduct these demonstrations later this year,” Coetzee said in an interview with Nation Shield. “We will also be showcasing improvements on existing products from South Africa, including our MN Centurion High Speed Interceptor which will participate in a live demonstration at NAVDEX 2021.”
 
On the range of products in demand in the Middle East, Coetzee said most of the discussions in the region have centred around Air and Naval capability. “This is not at all surprising. The world is fast approaching an era of advanced electronic warfare and these systems need platforms to operate from, which we can provide. More than that we have gone through a great deal of effort to include this requirement in the Concept of Operations (CONOPS), whether it is prebuilt on some of our platforms or integrating external systems.”


 
Milkor started in 1981 in South Africa as an original designer and manufacturer of the handheld 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL) weapon systems and Coetzee said it is still in their portfolio. “The MGL range will always have deep roots in Milkor’s product range. We continuously innovate to improve these weapons. Some new variants are also being developed and we are looking forward to reveal more information on these soon.”
 
“After years of dominating the 40mm MGL market, Milkor had a change of mission where we are striving towards being an aerospace and defence company rather than only being known as a MGL manufacturer.” 
 
“Since this decision was made by Milkor Group’s Management a few years ago, we have been focussing heavily on showcasing different capabilities within all of our defence divisions especially aerospace.
 
“We have been looking into developing different platforms and engaging with end users across the globe on collaborative efforts, specifically mentioning the LATAM and Middle Eastern region taking serious interest in our Naval capabilities. As a response to multiple countries showing interest, we decided one of the best ways to showcase this capability is to bring the boat to NAVDEX, so that is what we did.

“Moreover, we have just completed sea trials with the vessel and we were all very pleased with the outcome.
“In the UAE, we are situated in the Tawazun Industrial Park among some of the best defence companies in the world. The UAE has provided us with overwhelming support and assistance in setting up our locally owned UAE facility.
 
“We are planning on signing a few agreements at IDEX 2021 that would further solidify our commitment to the localisation of Milkor’s capabilities. 
“Since the establishment of Milkor UAE, we have received an overwhelming response from industry experts that are interested to work with us and we are actively engaged in these opportunities. Our long-term vision is to have a blend between international and local expertise that will be able to offer not only the products that we are launching now but also additional versions and additional products that are able to compete and outperform global competition in the local and export market. 
 
“We also envision working with UAE universities on various projects that will enable us to grow youth knowledge/expertise and offer employment opportunities in the UAE’s defence sector,” Coetzee added. 
 
Milkor is exhibiting at stand 01-A17
 

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