The largest display area at IDEX is that of EDIC, the Emirates Defense Industries Company. As a strategic partner of the IDEX exhibition, EDIC is presenting the products and services of 12 Emirati companies that span a wide spectrum of technologies, highlighting the world-class capabilities of the UAE in the defence sector.
EDIC was formed in 2014 through the integration of assets owned by Mubadala Development Company, Tawazun Holding and Emirates Advanced Investments Group. The group includes companies active in many defence sectors, such as manufacturing and maintenance, mapping, communications, logistics, technology development and autonomous systems. The aim of EDIC is to provide a single integrated platform from which the UAE’s defence industries can offer world-class facilities and support for the UAE Armed Forces and those in the wider region.
Active in the MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) sector are Al Taif Technical Services and AMMROC. Al Taif offers integrated life-cycle support of defence systems, supported by an integrated supply chain. It also has a state-of-the-art research and development capability. AMMROC has been active since 2010 as a major MRO organisation for both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, supporting the UAE Armed Forces and others in the region.
Another UAE-based aerospace services company is Global Aerospace Logistics, whose portfolio of services includes engineering and technical services, maintenance, air traffic management, training solutions, sales and leasing, and logistics and supply chain management.
Aircrew training for both commercial and military pilots is the role of the Horizon Flight Academy at Al Ain. The academy trains UAE pilots and those from other nations. In the weapons and military equipment arena are the well-known names of Caracal, NIMR Automotive and Tawazun Dynamics. Caracal manufactures a renowned range of small arms, from pistols to sniper rifles, and also provides supporting services such as training. NIMR is a leading military vehicle manufacturer that provides a product portfolio that meets the needs of both military forces and security organisations. Tawazun Dynamics is the joint venture formed with Denel Dynamics to produce the Al-Tariq range of precision-guided weapons that is in service with the UAE Air Force and Air Defence.
Mapping, survey and geospatial services are the specialities of Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying Services LLC, which was formed as a commercial spin-off from the UAE Armed Forces’ Military Survey Department. Its expertise is offered to commercial and government organisations to aid their decision-making. Diverse businesses involved in oil and gas, transportation and utilities benefit from Bayanat’s services, which include survey, cartography in both 2D and 3D, visualisation and expert advice.
Also in the EDIC fold are a number of technology companies, such as C4 Advanced Solutions, which serves defence, government, public safety, education and healthcare sectors. Thales Advanced Solutions, a joint venture between EDIC and Thales, specialises in defence electronics.
Tawazun Precision Industries supports a range of industries through advanced tooling, treatment and other capabilities, while Naval Advanced Solutions provides maritime systems, logistics support, consultation and other services to defence clients.