GHQ awards Al Jasoor a 2Bn Dirhams contract for the supply of 8×8 armored infantry vehicles
The General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces has awarded Al Jasoor a contract for the supply of 8×8 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, at an estimated value of over 2 Bn AED.
The decision to purchase the vehicles was made following a thorough commercial/ technical evaluation by Tawazun, the vehicle underwent an array of successful extensive all-terrain tests in the UAE.
The development of the vehicle was done by Al Jasoor, which is a joint venture between Heavy Vehicles industries (HVI), a fully owned subsidiary of Tawazun, and Otokar Land systems UAE, a fully owned subsidiary of Otokar, Turkey.
Under a special arrangement, Al Jasoor will manufacture the vehicles in Abu Dhabi, using the existing facilities of Tawazun Industrial Park.
On behalf of Al Jasoor, Tawazun Chief Executive Officer H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri thanked the GHQ for selecting the 8X8 armored infantry vehicles.
He said Tawazun is proud to continuously contribute in meeting the requirements of the UAE Armed Forces, adding that all the partners will be working closely to ensure timely delivery of the vehicles.
Regarding the project, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said that “Otokar is very proud to be a partner in this important program, and it shall be a privilege for Otokar to be able to serve the UAE Army and to meet their high standards.
The existing most modern Automotive manufacturing facilities of Abu Dhabi is prepared to host the local production of the vehicle in Tawazun Industrial Park..
The 8X8 infantry vehicle comes with an amphibious kit and is capable of withstanding mines and ballistic threats.
The 8X8 infantry vehicle is on display at Tawazun Stand CP310 at IDEX.
Tawazun Holding, which was borne out of the long-established Tawazun Economic Council in 2007, was created to develop ventures through industrial partnerships and strategic investments that add value to the UAE’s industrial manufacturing sector across a number of areas: defense and aerospace, automotive, munitions, metals and technology.
Tawazun has established itself as an active industrial investor both locally and internationally by partnering with a hand-picked selection of world-class market leaders to build skills, expertise, products and systems in the UAE. Its investment strategy is designed to drive change within the marketplace, while its aim is to inspire emerging companies by providing strong and consistent support to aid their future expansion.
The establishment of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC) was announced during IDEX 2015 and the company was launched a result of a merger among Mubadala Development, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investments to unite the efforts and highlight on the Emirates defense capabilities.
The integration resulted in shifting some of the Tawazun owned companies to EDIC, namely: Caracal Light Ammunitions, Caracal International, Burkan, ADASI, Tawazun Dynamics, Tawazun Precision Industries and NIMR Automotive. Tawazun had recently launched two new companies, Al Hosn Armored Systems and Advanced Pyrotechnics, which were added to the rest of its portfolio companies including: Tawazun Industrial Park, Jaheziya, Tawazun Training Center and Remaya.
Otokar is the largest privately owned defence industry company in Turkey, and the leading supplier of land defence systems for Turkish Armed Forces. Founded in 1963, Otokar has been operating in the defence industry since 1987 and offering products with owned intellectual property rights, using its own technology, design and applications to provide solutions tailored to the needs of its customers.