Emirates News Agency – EDGE concludes strategic agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries to develop advanced drones

DOUBT, Nov. 18 / WAM / The Edge Group today signed a strategic agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries, the leading aerospace company, for the joint design of a series of best-in-class, adaptable unmanned ships of the 170-m class and usable. for the Full range of commercial and military applications.

The Edge Group has benefited from its subsidiary Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company, a regional leader in the design, construction, repair, maintenance, renovation and conversion of marine and commercial vessels, to partner with the Israel Defense Industries Corporation (IDI) to develop an advanced unmanned vehicle. vessels. While the Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company will design the platform, and work on integrating control and utility systems and develop the functional concept, the Israeli company will develop the independent control system and integrate the different mission payloads into the control systems according to the requirements of those missions.

The unmanned spacecraft consists of advanced sensors, sonar and imaging systems integrated into a unified command and control system, and can operate either remotely, semi-autonomously or completely autonomously without the need for any human intervention. The ship is custom designed to fit all customer requirements and will offer unique capabilities in terms of scalability, payload, range, maneuverability and performance.

Military applications of the drone include intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, border and coastal patrols, maritime security operations, mine detection and investigation, submarine detection, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare operations, electronic warfare, as well as its use as a platform for vertical landing. The ship can be designed for commercial applications such as oceanography, pollution monitoring, oil and gas exploration, material and fluid transportation, search and rescue, firefighting and emergency interventions.

His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director of Edge Group, said: “This memorandum constitutes an important achievement for Edge as we work with major players in the defense sector such as Israel Aerospace Industries to improve our high-tech portfolio.”

He added, “Through this strategic alliance, we can ensure the achievement of the best independent operational solutions that reduce risks to human life, face the major challenges of various industries and provide a secure future for all. These developments will open many doors for us. in the local and global markets, both military and commercial. ” whether “.

“We are honored to partner with EDGE in this endeavor, which is another step in our growing efforts and growing partnerships in the region,” said Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI. The marine and commercial activities of the Edge Group and Abu Dhabi. Shipbuilding Company, and the expertise of Israel Aerospace Industries in the field of autonomous systems, robotics and artificial intelligence, present a joint effort made in UAE that increases the opportunities and growth of the enterprises of the two companies.

EDGE constitutes a high-tech group in the field of defense and is one of the top 25 military suppliers in the world.

WAM / Ahmed Al Nuaimi / Abdel Nasser Moneim

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