16 novembre 2021 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

Les EAU profitent du Dubai Airshow pour renforcer leurs équipements militaires

Pleins feux sur les Emirats arabes unis et leur salon de l'aéronautique, le Dubai Airshow. Afin d'assurer le plus grand rayonnement possible à l'évènement, les EAU ont annoncé une série de contrats militaires, pour un montant global dépassant les 4 Md€. L'annonce la plus notable a été la commande de deux ravitailleurs supplémentaires Airbus A330 MRTT, pour un montant de 625 M€. Les livraisons débuteront en 2024 et les deux appareils bénéficieront des dernières améliorations opérationnelles développées par les équipes d'Airbus Military Aircraft. Autre contrat d'importance, celui passé auprès de Progressive Technologies pour la fourniture de munitions pour la Force aérienne et la Défense aérienne des Emirats Arabes Unis. L'américain Goodrich s'est vu attribuer 16,5 M€ pour la fourniture de services de soutien et d'assistance technique ainsi que de pièces de rechange. Thales a de son côté enregistré deux contrats, l'un portant sur l'achat de systèmes de communication, l'autre portant sur l'achat de pièces de rechange et de maintenance.

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