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UAE, Israel to develop advanced anti-drone system

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com Filed on March 11, 2021
Defence missile developed by Edge Group on display at IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Wam

IAI’s counter-unmanned aircraft system solutions are applied around the world to detect, identify and intercept a broad range of threats.

The UAE and Israel will jointly develop an advanced anti-drone system that can counter threats.

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Edge, an advanced technology group, will tie up with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a major aerospace and aviation manufacturer, to develop an advanced counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) tailored for the UAE market, with wider ranging benefits for the region and beyond.

IAI’s counter-unmanned aircraft system solutions are applied around the world to detect, identify and intercept a broad range of threats.

Comprising advanced 3D radar, communications intelligence and electro-optic technologies that are integrated into a unified command and control system, the C-UAS is fully autonomous, requiring no human intervention.

A series of countermeasures, ranging from soft-kill solutions such as spoofing and jamming, to hard-kill capabilities such as lasers and electromagnetic pulses, are offered based on the level of threat and targeted operating environment.

Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director, Edge, said: “In line with the Abraham Accords and the UAE’s newly-established cooperation with Israel, it is a defining moment for us to join forces with IAI. As Edge invests extensively in autonomous capabilities, our co-development of a counter-UAS will help strengthen our advanced technology portfolio.”

Boaz Levy, president and CEO of IAI, said: “IAI is proud to join forces with Edge, to provide the UAE and wider region with a unique and advanced solution in what is a key area of expertise for IAI. This MoU serves as a stepping-stone for further business and strategic alliances between our countries and will enhance cooperation for R&D and technological innovation.”

Edge’s subsidiary SIGN4L, a leading provider of electronic warfare services and solutions for national security, will collaborate with IAI.

This collaboration marks a new era of cooperation between the two countries. Israel had for the first time participated in the recently concluded International Defence Exhibition (Idex) held in Abu Dhabi.

ashwani@khaleejtimes.com

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Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.





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