UAE seeks to bolster arms industry to reduce imports

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Drones, guided missiles, simulators: the United Arab Emirates is on the offensive to develop its defence industry in a bid to wean itself off dependence on imports. Khalid Al-Breiki heads one of five clusters of the Emirati defence consortium EDGE, formed two years ago and bringing together 25 Emirati arms firms in a bid to develop “national capacities”. According to him, the Abu Dhabi-based defence consortium is an indicator of the “maturity of our industry in the UAE”. EDGE became the first Middle Eastern company to rank among the top 25 military firms in the world last year, with gross sale…

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