IDEX: Saab signs R&D deal with Tawazun

Saab has signed multiple agreements with UAE’s Tawazun Economic Council and Tawazun Technology and Innovation at the IDEX 2021 event in Abu Dhabi.

Saab at IDEX delivering on promise to increase cooperation with UAE industry (Image SAAB)

The agreements will see Saab carrying out research and development in the UAE in the sensor systems area as well as involvement in the Sustain and Enhance Emiratization in Defence and Security (SEEDS) programme.

Micael Johansson, Saab’s President and CEO, and Anna-Karin Rosén, Managing Director of Saab Ltd. in the UAE, along with Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun Economic Council were present at the signing ceremony.
Rosén, said: “R&D has been at the core of our strategy to grow in the UAE since we established our development and production centre in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP) in 2018. We are excited to deliver in the sensor systems area, for civil as well as military applications, so as to maximise our offering in the UAE and to the international market. We are keen to build on our partnership with Tawazun to form a strong local foundation and a solid defence and security ecosystem in the UAE.”
The Swedish company’s involvement in the SEEDS programmeis interesting, The programme enables Emirati nationals at senior and mid-management levels, as well as fresh graduates of various specialties, to work closely with the world’s top defence and aerospace manufacturers to develop their skillsets.
“Supporting local talent and creating high-tech jobs in the UAE is a focus for Saab in the country. We are looking forward to growing our local team and having more Emirati nationals join our Saab family,” said Rosén.