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Defence companies showcase unmanned systems' prowess at UMEX/SimTEX 2024

Defence companies showcase unmanned systems prowess at UMEX/SimTEX 2024
25 Jan 2024 05:18

RABI HAMAMSAH (ABU DHABI)

The second day of the Unmanned Systems (UMEX) and Simulation and Training (SimTEX) 2024 exhibitions saw participation from 214 local and global companies specialising in unmanned systems that depend on artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

The number of participating companies has grown tremendously through the past editions of the exhibition, highlighting the market’s advanced engagement with unmanned systems technologies, which are set to reach their highest potential yet in the next decade.

Naval Group

Among the companies taking part in the sixth edition of the exhibitions is leading French Industrial group, Naval Group, which specialises in naval defence design, development, and construction. The company is headquartered in Paris with several branches across the world, including Dubai.

Guillaume Pateu, Director of the Naval Group branch in Dubai, said that UMEX 2024 is one of the most important exhibitions in which the Naval Group participates, adding that the Group will take part in the next edition of this exhibition again.

‘’We are here because we have a strong commitment to the UAE, and Naval Group seeks to strengthen its partnership with the UAE Naval Forces system and share its projects in maritime defence,” Pateu said.

Discussing the Group’s UAE projects, Pateu added: “Naval Group has a specific and promising roadmap for industrial projects that will be implemented with various industrial partners in Abu Dhabi, with a focus on high value-added technology transfers and joint research and development programmes with Emirati companies.”

At the exhibition, dedicated to civil and military drones and unmanned systems, Naval Group showcased a range of equipment and systems solutions, including its expertise in unmanned systems.

Naval Group has a complete series of unmanned systems, as it is the designer, manufacturer, and in-service support partner for unmanned maritime combat systems in surface, underwater, mine, and seabed battles, in addition to integrating various types of unmanned vehicles into its armed ships.

Integrating drones and unmanned systems into Naval Forces’ strategic equipment is critical due to their high potential for a variety of applications, including intelligence tasks, information gathering, surveillance, and control of the seabed.

“Given the complexity of combat systems and the multiplicity of sensors and interfaces, the operation and integration of unmanned vehicles requires specific expertise developed by the Naval Group over more than 15 years. Years of research, development and innovation combined with partnerships and information from equipment manufacturers and our naval customers,” Pateu said.

Source: Aletihad - Abu Dhabi
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