BAE Systems teams up with UAE group
Pretoria (South Africa), September 23, 2012
British defence group BAE Systems said its Land Systems unit in South Africa has signed a teaming agreement with International Golden Group, a company focused on supplying technology-driven solutions to the UAE's security and defence organisations.
International Golden Group (IGG) has extensive experience supporting government agencies such as the UAE Armed Forces, the Presidential Guard Command, the UAE Ministry of Interior, and Abu Dhabi’s Critical National Infrastructure Authority.
IGG also has the capability of in-service support within the UAE and in theatre besides in systems integration projects and providing turnkey integrated products and system infrastructures.
This agreement testifies to the strength of the ongoing relationship between the two companies.
The company secured a contract with IGG in 2011 for the RG31 Agrab Mk2 Mobile Mortar Platform (MMP) mine protected vehicles.
“The Middle East is an important region for us and working with local industry and assisting the UAE defence industry to grow, is our goal,” remarked Johan Steyn, the managing director, Land Systems South Africa.
“We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship, serving the UAE and other customers to ensure safety and security for their soldiers,” Steyn noted.
"This is not the first contract Land Systems South Africa has secured in the UAE," said the official. "The Special Operations Command operates RG31 Mk5 command vehicles. Also, security forces in Dubai have several RG12 vehicles in service," he added.
Fadel Al Kaabi, the chief executive officer of IGG said, "We have worked with BAE Systems’ Land Systems South Africa business for many years as a prime contractor for, most recently, the MMP contract."
"We are looking forward to a long and successful future providing combat proven mine and armoured protected systems to forces in the Middle East," he added.-TradeArabia News Service