Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and Lockheed Martin have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to co-operate on the provision of sustainment services to the UAE’s military maritime assets. The MoU was signed between Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, chief executive of ADSB, and Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship and Systems at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, on the sidelines of NAVDEX 2017.
The agreement brings together Lockheed Martin, a worldwide leader in naval combat systems, ship integration and global sustainment, and ADSB, the Gulf Co-operation Council’s (GCC) leading ship builder, repair and through-life maintenance specialists, to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
According to Dr Al Mazrouei, the MoU is intended to strengthen the service offering the two companies can provide to the UAE Navy.
“ADSB is uniquely positioned as the only shipyard in the GCC that can build, refit, repair and upgrade complex naval vessels,” he said. “By collaborating with Lockheed Martin, we will be able to expand our current commitment to the UAE military.”
North commented: “This MoU brings together Lockheed Martin’s and ADSB’s significant experience and expertise for the defence and commercial maritime market. The agreement creates excellent synergy for offering maritime sustainment solutions to advance the UAE Navy in the areas of hull and combat systems maintenance, modernisation and training requirements.”