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UMEX 2022: Tawazun, L3Harris Technologies sign term sheets on tech centres

Gary Rosholt, vice-president UAE, L3Harris, and Abdullah Al Awani, executive director, Economic Program Tawazun sign the term sheets in the presence of Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief economic development officer at Tawazun. (Tawazun)

Tawazun and L3Harris Technologies signed term sheets on the establishment of two technology centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 22 February at the UMEX trade show in Abu Dhabi.

The Intelligence Software Center (ISC) will be delivered through L3Harris Technologies' joint venture with the UAE's Atlas Telecom and will develop and provide software for the “ingestion, analysis, and visualisation of multi-source and sensor data from UAE customers”. The customers for the software will be able to utilise the platform to distil and synthesise intelligence from large amounts of data that may be in varying formats using artificial intelligence.

The second technology centre is the Electro-Optical Centre of Excellence (EOCE) that was first revealed at the Dubai Air Show in November 2021. The EOCE will involve the localisation of the co-assembly of the L3Harris WESCAM MX electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging and targeting systems, as well as undertaking depot-level localised service capabilities to the UAE armed forces, with a primary focus on developing and supporting the country's aerospace sector.

Following the signing, Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief economic development officer at Tawazun, said the two Term Sheets come as part of Tawazun's mandate to enable defence and security industries in the UAE and its efforts to accelerate technology transfer. “It is through strong relationships and partnerships that we have the opportunity for further capability development, to attract investments for the private sector and to meet our partners' needs,” he added.

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