ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Tawazun Council and Saab, a leading UAE defense and security company, have signed an agreement to establish a sovereign additive manufacturing capability (also known as 3D printing) and air defense ( AFAD), with the goal of efficiently designing and manufacturing spare parts.
The agreement was signed by Abdullah Saif Al Awani, Chief Economic Planning Officer, Tawazun Council, and Anna-Karin Rosén, Managing Director, Emirates Saab, at the Tawazun Chalet at IDEX 2023 and NAVDEX 2023 in the presence of several senior officials.
The agreement follows the launch of ‘Sindan’, the first UAE Center of Excellence for 3D Printing, announced during IDEX 2023.
The agreement aims to meet several policy guidelines outlined as part of Tawazun’s economic plan objectives, including providing strategic benefits to the UAE, encouraging knowledge transfer, building new capabilities, creating jobs for UAE nationals, and integrating aerospace and additive manufacturing as a priority sector.
By giving the UAE AFAD sovereign capabilities for the additive manufacturing of 3D printed parts, the partnership will make it more self-reliant, reduce reliance on overseas suppliers, reduce lead times and costs for component delivery, and increase uptime and availability important military assets.
Abdullah Al Awani said: “The partnership reflects Tawazun Council’s ongoing efforts to develop and manage strategic partnerships in the defense industry, which have significant economic impact for the UAE. Such collaborations create value and promote self-sufficiency through locally manufactured products and human capability development, as well as supporting local manufacturing, thereby benefiting all parties. In addition, it facilitates technology transfer and enhances the UAE’s sovereign capabilities in the air force and air defense.”
Anna-Karin Rosén added, “Saab is firmly committed to being a key strategic partner of AFAD in the UAE and we are honored to work with the Tawazun Council as it seeks to strengthen sovereign manufacturing capabilities to ensure sustainable growth in the defense sector. Our agreement Aims to achieve this, while also harnessing the great potential of the nation’s workforce by providing high-value training and employment opportunities for UAE nationals, equipping them with the skills to lead and further develop the industry in the years to come.”