European missile maker MBDA opens Missile Engineering Centre in UAE

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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MBDA, a European world leader in missile systems, has officially inaugurated The Missile Engineering Centre in UAE.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Tareq Al Hosani, Secretary-General of Tawazun Council, Mr. M. Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador of France to the UAE, and Mr. M. Eric Béranger, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA.

The Missile Engineering Centre aims to strengthen the long-term partnership between the UAE and MBDA and to establish a bedrock for the joint development of missile systems.

This cooperation has the ultimate objective of offering missile systems at the right level of performance while leveraging and reinforcing the sovereign capabilities of the UAE defense industry through significant local content.

The Missile Engineering Centre in the UAE is the first-of-its-kind for MBDA outside Europe, it is operational with a joint team of engineers from Tawazun Technology Innovation and MBDA working on the next generation of the Smart Weapons family.

Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani_MBDA opens The Missile Engineering Center
H.E. Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani
CEO – Tawazun

“I am delighted to witness the official inauguration of the Missile Engineering Centre in the UAE, which marks a significant milestone in our partnership with MBDA. This center represents our commitment to enabling the UAE’s defense industry. The Missile Engineering Centre is a testament to the successful collaboration between Tawazun Council and MBDA, and it symbolizes our shared vision for long-term cooperation and mutual growth in the region.”

“We at Tawazun Council aim to develop advanced missile systems that meet our country’s specific requirements while also promoting local content and knowledge transfer,” Mr. Al Hosani added.

Mr.  Beranger said that “This inauguration is a major landmark for us at MBDA and an illustration of the importance of our local presence and cooperation with our partner Tawazun Council. MBDA and its teams are extremely proud to see the new Missile Engineering Centre operational and already working on the development of the next generation of smart weapons.”

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