Armoured Vehicle Assembly 
Plant to be Set up in Capital

ABU DHABI - An armoured vehicle assembly plant worth several hundred million dirhams will be built in Abu Dhabi, a senior official of Hydra Trading said on Sunday.



By Haseeb Haider

Published: Tue 24 Feb 2009, 1:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 9:35 PM

“The facility, to be set up in Abu Dhabi Industrial city (ICAD-III), will be used to manufacture and assemble other defence products,” said Dr Mohammed Zahran, Director-General of Hydra Trading, told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition.

Hydra Trading, part of PAL Group, yesterday disclosed that the UAE has developed state-of-the-art armoured vehicles, which have a large local and international market locally and internationally.

The vehicles’ features include high speed and mobility, cross-country capabilities and ballistic protection in the range of Level B4, B5, B6 and B7+. Dr Zahran said that the vehicle is intended mainly for escorting VIPs, police and para-military forces.

The Abu Dhabi-based company also unveiled its Tactical Vehicles Programme, which is currently being developed, and intends to launch military heavy-duty 4x4 and 6x6 variants by the end of the year.

Hydra Trading, which is developing the civilian version in partnership with Rostech, a leading European manufacturer and supplier, holds the intellectual property rights. Under the tactical vehicles programme, the company is currently developing 4x4 and 6x6 variants.

These vehicles will have various military and tactical uses, such as command and control, patrol, surveillance and reconnaissance. They can be used as weapon carriers or ambulances. The company has also displayed the EAGLE IV 4x4 from MOWAG.

Hydra Trading is affiliated with many companies in both the defense and civilian sectors, and has entered into joint ventures and agreements with military equipment manufacturers in Europe and North America.

Currently, Hydra Trading supplies the UAE Land Forces with spare parts for current and future stock of Hummer, BMP-3, Zybian, and Tatra vehicles, among others.

· haseebhaider@khaleejtimes.com


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