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First MLRS unit delivered

Haseeb Haider / 18 February 2013

ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Defense Technologies, or EDT, has developed, manufactured and delivered the first unit of the Multi Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, a potent weapon for the UAE Armed Forces.

“We designed and manufactured it locally in collaboration with a leading Serbian defence contractor,” EDT CEO Mohamed bin Jabr Al Suwaidi told Khaleej Times at Iex 2013.

The MLRS has the capacity to be interchangeable with 107mm, 120mm and 128mm rockets. The system can fire 48 rockets at a distance of more than 12km.

He said the Bin Jabr Group, a leading defence contractor in the country, has been renamed as Emirates Defence Technologies. Another Abu Dhabi-based firm, Centurion Investments, has taken a majority stake in the company. However, he did not disclose the amount of shares sold or the new investment into the company.

The firm is marketing its new product range that includes currently being engaged in the manufacturing of 8x8 armored personnel carriers and a number of vehicle upgrades and integrations.

EDT has created a number of enhancements for the its Nimr platforms, such as swing arms, gun mounts, seated systems, storage and armour. Nimr Automotive, which manufactures Nimr military vehicles, has sold its share to Centurion Investment and Tawazun Holding.

The company has also developed water gen, a system which is designed to extract water from the air and supply cold drinking water to troops. It has the capacity to produce 500 litres of water in a day and it can work at a low humidity level of 30 per cent, Al Suwaidi said.

He said EDT was working on several new projects, which will be announced at right time.

Historically, the Bin Jabr Group first started developing military tactical vehicles back in 1997. By the time the international market began developing the concept of next-generation tactical vehicles, the UAE had already tested nine different variants of the vehicle.

Bin Jabr joined forces with Tawazun Holding as Nimr Automotive’s secondary shareholder, and in 2008, the company sold 500 vehicles to the General Headquarters, or GHQ, of the UAE Armed Forces. Nimr has gone from strength to strength since it first began operations. The company has been providing a portfolio of products to address the needs of armed forces and internal security organisations.

It has signed contract orders for 1,800 vehicles for international armed forces, including the UAE GHQ and the Ministry of Interior. 


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