UAE to build a major centre ‘under the sea’

By Rajive Singh

ABU DHABI 20 February 2019: Thales Group and Atlas Elektroniks GmbH have announced the launch of a new underwater training centre in Abu Dhabi, following an agreement with Tawazun Economic Programme, one of the key drivers of the Tawazun Economic Council.

The project aims at launching an underwater training centre for anti-submarine warfare and the operation and management of sweeping mines. The centre will feature state-of-the-art technologies and will provide professional training on countering hostile submarines, as well as on operating marine radar detectors which use ultrasound for detecting underwater objects.

The centre will meet the industry’s basic needs as well as enable UAE armed forces to keep abreast of the rapidly changing technological developments in both military and naval operations.

Tawazun has recently announced a new economic programme framework that offers many investment options to strategic partners from global defence companies and suppliers in the defence and security sector.

The agreement was signed at Idex 2019 by Al Romaithi; Bernard Roux, CEO, Thales Group UAE, and Michael Ozegowski, CEO, Atlas Elektroniks.

Also present were Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Staff Major General Pilot Ishaq Al Baloushi, Executive Director Defence Industry and Capability Development at Ministry of Defence; Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Tawazun Economic Council; Pascale Sourisse, Senior Executive Vice President, Thales International Development; Philippe Duhamel, Senior Vice President Defense Mission Systems; Nicolas Simian, Strategy, Marketing and Offsets Director, Thales UAE; Steve Ward, Managing Director, Atlas Elektroniks GmbH; and Jamal Al Nauimi, Director of Marketing and Sales, Atlas Group.


Dubai Gazette