UAE’s advanced technology group for defense and beyond, EDGE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US-based Lockheed Martin, a global technology leader, to explore industrial participation opportunities across the emirates aerospace and defense industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, the leading advanced technology firms will reinforce their longstanding partnership by establishing joint working groups to explore industrialization and knowledge transfer programs. Meanwhile, both firms will review projects related to in-country capability-building, the creation of innovative and emerging technologies, and the expansion of human capital development initiatives.
Mr. Khalid Al Breiki, President – Mission Support, EDGE, and Mr. Raymond Piselli, Vice President of Finance, Contracts & Industrial Development, Lockheed Martin, signed the agreement at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021), which is underway at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 to 25 February.
Mr. Raymond Piselli commented that “As a trusted partner to the UAE for over 40 years, Lockheed Martin remains committed to developing in-country capabilities and supporting the nation’s human capital development agenda. This MoU marks an important milestone in the next phase of our partnership with EDGE, and we look forward to identifying opportunities and executing strategic projects that will add value to both the industry and the country at large”.
Through the sharing of knowledge and expertise, the two entities would also further enhance cooperation, leveraging Lockheed Martin’s decades of experience in the research, development, design, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.
For more than 50 years, Lockheed Martin has been a committed partner to the Middle East region. The company’s presence in the UAE today has moved beyond defense systems to provide various products and services, technical support, and educational expertise to improve the defense industry and further expand in-country capabilities.
EDGE is an advanced defense technology group that ranks among the world’s top 25 military suppliers.