Injazat ties up with US defence firm
Abu Dhabi, February 18, 2013
Injazat Data Systems, a Mubadala group company, has signed a major manpower agreement with US-based defence training and simulation company Cubic Defense Applications.
As per the deal, the Abu Dhabi-based firm will send skilled personnel to assist in the operation and maintenance of Cubic’s computer-based training simulation systems in the UAE.
The deal reflects Injazat’s growing role in the local defense industry as the company provides business, consultancy and technology-related services to several entities in the sector, said a senior official at the ongoing International Defense Exhibition (Idex) expo in the UAE capital.
Cubic’s EST 2000 marksmanship system, the only virtual skills training system validated by the US Army, is currently part of the Indoor Training Systems program for several UAE government institutions.
“As an internationally-acclaimed defence specialist, Cubic is an ideal partner for extending our regional market reach and connecting our information and communication technology (ICT) services. Defense is an important aspect of national development, which is why Injazat has been building up its capabilities in this field.” said CEO Ibrahim Lari.
Injazat’s experience in the IT and defense industries will help Cubic deploy advanced training solutions, he added.
Cubic Corporation is a US contractor with over 50 years of experience supplying equipment and solutions to over 35 nations. Its expertise includes fare collection systems courtesy of its cubic transportation systems subsidiary, and defense training via cubic defense applications.
Cubic has recently established a regional office in Abu Dhabi, collocated with Injazat.
Peter Turpie, the managing director of Cubic Middle East, said: “Our vision is to establish an effective local presence from which we will leverage our world-class capabilities to best support the UAE’s needs. Injazat shares this vision and we very much look forward to a successful, wide ranging and long-term partnership with them.”
Human capital development is a key function in many of Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s companies and organizations, said Lari.
“Developing the right ICT skills and competencies among Emirati nationals is a priority for Injazat. Our partnership with Cubic allows our employees to collaborate on world-class training systems that will further expand their defense and technology skill sets, which will help us support the UAE’s defense initiatives in the long term,” he added.
Injazat and Cubic have also signed up to jointly pursue potential areas of collaboration in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and other markets in the Middle East.
Both parties will also collaborate on the formalized recruitment, development, training and employment of Emiratis to support key defence and government organizations in the UAE and promote collaborative Injazat-Cubic products and services across the Middle East.-TradeArabia News Service