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Tawazun to Establish Four New Regional Centres

As part of their ongoing commitment to enable the UAE’s defence and security industry, Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun), announced plans to establish four new regional centres. This brings the total number of projects announced under the new policy for Tawazun Economic Program during IDEX 2019, to nine.
Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer at Tawazun Economic Council, said: “A key objective of the Program is to identify gaps and support the ecosystem by promoting investments and projects across the defence and security sector. We anticipate robust capability growth from these agreements, which in turn, will greatly benefit our economy, military and industry.”
On Nov 19, day three of the show, Tawazun will sign an agreement with MBDA France, a leading European developer and manufacturer of missiles, establishing MBDA’s first missile engineering centre regionally. Acting as a design authority for missile systems in the UAE, the centre will establish know-how in pre-development to development and engineering of weapon systems, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, marking an important milestone for the UAE as it strives to meet the needs of the UAE in the areas of research and devel-opment (R&D) in the field of smart missile systems. 
Tawazun will also collaborate with Dassault Aviation, a leading French aerospace company and manufacturer, signing an agreement to establish a Flight Testing Center (FTC) in the Abu Dhabi.
The FTC will contribute towards the development of technology, human capabilities and talent in the UAE. As Tawazun commits to promoting innovations to aid future growth and expansion in the UAE, this facility will play a pivotal role in laying the foundation for future programs of flight-testing in the region, to support integration and development for the defence sector. 
As part of its commitment to drive long-term economic value and support local companies in the UAE, the Program also facilitated an agreement between Leonardo SPA, Italian multinational company specialising in aerospace, defence and security and Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Center (ADATC). Under the agreement, Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Center will house both the AW169 and AW139 pilot training simulators. The simulators will offer timely, cost-effective and integrated training solutions within the UAE, eliminating the need for training abroad. As the first regional centre to host both these capabilities, over 18 countries will benefit from the use of this technology, bringing significant economic impact to the Emirate. 
Under the Program’s umbrella, an agreement was also made with EDIC Bayanat, a leader in the provision of mapping, to develop data fusion capabilities in the UAE, including new products and services in sensor data fusion technology for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability in the UAE. As part of Tawazun’s commitment and key role in supporting the armed forces, this project will provide the latest technological capabilities and intelligence in addition to being and an essential driver of human devel-opment in the UAE through the elevation of national capabilities, with Emiratis to be trained to develop such proficiencies, making EDIC Bayanat the first and only regional centre for data fusion in the UAE. 
The agreement was signed by Mohamed AL Blooshi, Chief Executive Officer at Bayanat and Kevin Raftery, Collins Aerospace VP for ISR and Space.
The Tawazun Economic Program, which recently announced its new policy, aims to support in the eco-nomic diversification in the UAE. Designed to promote long-term partnerships to support and develop de-fence and security industries in UAE, the Program seeks to create new opportunities in various strategic sectors.

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