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IDEX: Raytheon, Thales Snare Weapon, Support Deals

Feb. 19, 2013 - 12:18PM   |  
By PIERRE TRAN   |   Comments
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ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has awarded Raytheon a contract worth 430.7 million dirhams ($117.2 million) to supply GBU 12 and GBU 58 smart bomb kits, a spokesman for the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) trade show said Feb. 19.

The orders for kits to convert dumb bombs to laser-guided munitions were among deals totaling 4.9 billion dirhams for the UAE armed forces, Maj. Gen. Obaid el Ketbi told a press conference.

An aircraft maintenance contract, worth 1.8 billion dirhams, for the UAE Air Force was also among the announcements.

French electronics company Thales won two arms contracts totaling 80.5 million dirhams, including an order for service support for its Crotale air defense missile.

The missile deal, worth 37 million dirhams, covers maintenance and repairs for the Crotale short-range weapon, el Ketbi said. Thales also won an order, worth 43.5 million dirhams, to put the Catrina camera onto an anti-tank missile system.

Other orders included:

• Fire Storm targeting system, worth 146.9 million dirhams, from Rockwell Collins UK.

• Upgrades worth 265 million dirhams from Abu Dhabi Ship Building to the Baynunah corvette.

• Purchase of weapons, ammunitions and related equipment from local company International Golden Group, totaling 265 million dirhams.

• Also announced were intentions to buy 15,000 CAR 816 assault rifles from local gun maker Caracal and 800 Nimr vehicles from industrial group Tawazun.

The announcements bring to 10.1 billion dirhams announced deals at the show, following the 5.2 billion dirham of contracts announced Feb. 18, one of which had previously been released in July 2012.

Separately, Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center, a joint venture among Lockheed Martin, Mubadala Aerospace and Sikorsky, said it has signed a contract, for 157 million dirhams, to upgrade avionics on six UAE C-130 transport aircraft to provide digital cockpits.

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