Emirates buys German chemical defence system

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15 February 2005 , DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates has announced the purchase of a chemical defence system from Germany at a cost of USD 210 million (EUR 162 million), WAM news agency reported. Brigadier Staff Obeid Al Ketbi, a spokesman for the 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2005), said the UAE had struck deals worth more than USD 290 million. Al Ketbi said the purchase of a chemical defence system from Germany was the most notable contract. After a four-year study, Rheinmetall

15 February 2005 

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates has announced the purchase of a chemical defence system from Germany at a cost of USD 210 million (EUR 162 million), WAM news agency reported.

Brigadier Staff Obeid Al Ketbi, a spokesman for the 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2005), said the UAE had struck deals worth more than USD 290 million.

Al Ketbi said the purchase of a chemical defence system from Germany was the most notable contract.

After a four-year study, Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH with the Armoured Truck FUCHS, won a contract to supply a chemical defence system including radioactive, biological and chemical hazardous substances.

Britain's Alvis had competed in the bid for the Piranha vehicle and the Austrian company Style Daimler-Puch from Austria for the Pandur vehicle.

The Belgian company SABIEX International SA won a USD 16 million contract to upgrade armoured vehicles, according to an announcement during Idex.

The US-based Knight Aerospace Products scooped a contract to equip C-130 Planes worth USD 3.3 million.

The French company GEIF EUROTORP won a contract to provide ammunition valued at USD 15 million and another Germany company AEROMARITIME won a contract to supply signalling equipment worth USD 7.12 million.

Idex opened Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

On Sunday, Al Ketbi announced deals worth an estimated USD 358 million.

The two biggest contracts went to Germany's Rohde and Schwarz GmbH to upgrade the Emirates army's communications system at a cost of USD 144 million and Italy's Agusta SPA, which will modernise army helicopters at a cost of USD 71 million.

About 905 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, including the US, Britain and France are participating in this year's event.

The exhibition brings together key decision makers, defence ministers, chiefs of staff and senior officers from the defence forces with defence equipment manufacturers.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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