The UAE has signed AED5.2bn ($1.4bn) worth of defence deals with 17 contractors at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2013), which is currently being staged in Abu Dhabi.

The biggest deal involves US-based contractor Oshkosh Corporation, which will supply 750 mine-resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), at a price of AED1.4bn.

The second-largest contract, valued at AED722m, was secured by the local International Golden Group to supply Predator-EP drones and related technical support.

Other key agreements include:

  • An AED720m contract granted to the local Tawazun Holding for the supply CIRIT laser-guided missiles developed by Turkish manufacturer Rokestan
  • An AED472.7m deal signed with Russian defence contractor KBP for ammunition stocks
  • IT support contracts signed with the local IGG, Germany’s SAP and the US’ IBM, valued at AED350m in total
  • Consultation and strategic support to be supplied by Booz & Co, at a cost of AED215m
  • An AED140m deal with Italy’s Fincantieri to provide technical support to the locally developed anti-marine warship
  • An AED375.4m contract signed with ADSB for the supply and installation of rolling airframe missile (RAM) systems.

Other major contracts signed at the event included an AED157m agreement with the local Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC) for the supply of upgraded avionics for C130 Hercules transport aircraft and an AED345m strategic consultation deal with local defence firm Knowledge.