Thales Group and Atlas Elektroniks GmbH have recently announced the launch of a new underwater centre in Abu Dhabi. The launch followed an agreement with Tawazun Economic Program – one of the key drivers of the Tawazun Economic Council.
The agreement was signed at IDEX 2019 by Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer at Tawazun Economic Council; Mr. Bernard Roux, Chief Executive Officer Thales Group UAE; and Mr. Michael Ozegowski, Chief Execution Officer Atlas Elektroniks.
In a joint press statement issued after the signing ceremony, Al Romaithi said that this project aims at launching an underwater training centre for anti-submarine counter attack, and the operation and management of mine-sweeping mines.
The center will feature state-of-the-art technologies, and will provide professional training on countering hostile submarines, as well as on operating marine radar detectors which use ultrasound for detecting underwater objects.
Matar Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer at Tawazun Economic Council, added: “Tawazun, once again, showcases its role as a key contributor to the empowerment and sustainable development of the defense and security sector in the UAE.
“We work closely with our strategic partners to ensure a seamless process of technology transfer to the local market, in line with our strategic needs and requirements. This center is considered the first of its kind in the region.”
He also highlighted that the center will meet the industry’s basic needs as well as enable the Armed Forces to keep abreast of the rapidly changing technological developments in both the military and naval operations.
Expressing her delight, Pascale Sourisse, Senior Executive Vice-President Thales International Development said: “Thales enjoys a deep-rooted partnership with the United Arab Emirates Navy. The launch of the training center stems from our commitment to contribute towards the development of sovereign capabilities, and talent in the UAE.”
Mr. Michael Ozegowski, Chief Execution Officer Atlas Elektroniks, said: “We are committed to supporting the operational needs of the UAE Navy, and are delighted to work with Tawazun Economic Council to launch a one-of-a-kind training centre.
“This agreement underscores our deep-rooted relationship and will contribute towards building a future generation of highly efficient officers.”
Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) has recently announced a new economic program framework, that offers many investment options to strategic partners from global defense companies and suppliers in the defense and security sector.