UAE Move to Shield from Nuclear Risk in Region
ABU DHABI - The Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) will soon submit its recommendations to support the UAE’s plans to draw up a comprehensive air defence system which will take into account the potential risks and threats from the formation of the ‘nuclear arc’ in the region.
This was disclosed to Khaleej Times here byGeneral (R’td) Khaled Abdulla Al Bu-Ainnain who is also the former Commander of UAE Air Force and President of the INEGMA. INEGMA is a major ‘think tank’ of the UAE on the defence related issues and Khaled Abdulla Al Bu-Ainnainis considered as a leading intellectual on regional missile and air defence.
He said by next month INEGMA will be submitting its recommendations on the development of a comprehensive air defence systems for the UAE, based on the discussions of the ‘Middle East Missile and Air Defence’ (MEMAD) symposium arranged by the Institute last month.
The symposium which had drawn the participation of experts from the
Meanwhile, Federal National Council Member Ahmed Shabib Al Dhahiri told Khaleej Times on Tuesday that an estimated $100 million budget has been earmarked for UAE Nuclear Authority, which will implement the country’s peaceful nuclear programme.
“This in no way means that all these countries are hostile to the UAE. But we cannot be blind to the risks and threats involved in these countries arming with nuclear capabilities. We may even become victims of cross-fires between different countries.
“Whatever the country of origin, of the missiles, they will be manned, maintained, operated and even modified by the people of the UAE. We had the potential to buy these missiles ten years ago. But we wanted to develop the human resources from within the UAE so that our people will be put in command. We want to defend the country through our own people, and not through outsiders,’’ he said.
Responding to questions, he said the new Patriot and THAAD Missiles would be deployed within three years in the UAE. Initially, some experts from the
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