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Brazilian SIATT announces expansion in co-operation with UAE's Edge Group

SIATT in Brazil is expanding its production facilities in co-operation with UAE defence firm Edge Group. The companies have been working together on the MANSUP-ER for the Brazilian and Emirati navies. Edge Group displayed a mock-up of the missile at the Dubai Airshow in November 2023. (Edge Group)

SIATT – Engenharia, Indústria e Comércio, a Brazilian privately owned precision weapons and integrated systems firm, is significantly expanding its facilities in São José dos Campos in São Paulo state under a strategic partnership with the state-owned Edge Group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Edge Group acquired a 50% stake in the Brazilian company on 29 September 2023.

Under the restructuring and expansion plan, SIATT will expand its headquarters from 1,000 m² to approximately 7,000 m², including new administrative and engineering offices and production facilities, SIATT said in a 15 January statement. The company's dedicated workforce is expected to reach more than 200. The expansion is expected to be completed in two years and generate more than 600 indirect jobs, SIATT added.

Edge Group has signed agreements with the Brazilian Navy over the last year, including a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Navy Weapon Systems Directorate (DSAM) announced on 20 June 2023 for developing long-range anti-ship missile technology as part of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) anti-ship missile project run by the Navy Materiel General-Directorate (DGMM). SIATT is supplying the guidance, navigation, control section, and telemetry head for the missile.

The company has also developed a MANSUP hardware-in-the-loop simulator and a MANSUP missile launch console.

The MANSUP offers similar performance to the MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 1 anti-ship missile, the DGMM told Janes

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