Land Electronics Business Partnering for Wide Range of Projects
Leonardo DRS (DRS) signed a strategic agreement with UAE-based International Golden Group (IGG) on 17 February at IDEX in Abu Dhabi.
DRS’ Land Electronics business unit has signed a teaming agreement with IGG that brings together one of the UAE’s premier defence companies with a leading US technology company, to deliver wide-ranging projects for the nation’s armed forces. Under the agreement, DRS will establish a new engineering and support facility in IGG’s Industrial Park – Abu Dhabi to assist new projects for the Emirati forces, including the hiring and training of locals to fill new high-tech manufacturing positions. The agreement expands on an existing long-term relationship with the UAE government, while adding the strength of a strong and well-resourced Emirati business partner.
New projects DRS and IGG expect to collaborate on include; advanced communication systems integration in support of various tactical C4I projects; and on-board vehicle power systems, which provide combat vehicles with up to 120kw of mobile electrical power for complex C4ISR systems, mobile command posts, radars, weapon systems and other power-hungry expeditionary capabilities.
“[….] the United Arab Emirates and the United States have a robust military relationship, and we are eager to work with IGG to provide the guidance, technology and support required to increase interoperability between the US and Emirati forces, allowing them to strategically operate more closely,” commented Vice President and General Manager, Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business unit, Bill Guyan. “The recent growth of the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business in the UAE has produced this natural next step. We are proud to lay down enduring roots and a strong business presence. We remain committed to the success of our UAE customer and UAE Vision 2021.”