IDEX: Signing up for new centre of excellence

A new centre of excellence for uncrewed systems is to open at Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP) to support the UAE Armed Forces. 

Abdulla Al Awani, Lynn Fox, and Mike Woodward, vice president, international strategic partnerships, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, sign the deal at IDEX.
Image from Boeing.

The facility, confirmed in a deal signed at IDEX yesterday, is a collaboration between Tawazun Council, Boeing and its subsidiary, Insitu.

The centre will employ a skilled Emirati workforce to develop advanced capabilities to enhance the UAE Armed Forces’ operational performance. It will perform aircraft engine overhauls, repairs, and serve as a training facility for operators in the region. 

“The Tawazun economic programme is dedicated to supporting the UAE goal of establishing a core of advanced skills in the sector by collaborating with well-known international military corporations like Boeing,” said Abdulla Al Awani, chief economic programme officer at Tawazun Council.

“Lynn Fox, Insitu’s president and chief executive officer, added: “Boeing and Insitu are committed to enhancing readiness and reducing costs for the UAE Armed Forces through localised maintenance, training and support.”