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GM Defense signs MoU with UAE to develop electric military vehicles


The MoU covers advanced technologies such as fuel cells, power generation and connectivity.


GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, and the Tawazun Council, a UAE government entity, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of advanced mobility and electric power solutions for military and government customers. The partnership is GM Defense’s first in the Middle East and aims to expand the company’s presence in the region.

The MoU will cover collaborative research and development, regional production and assembly, and post-production support, with a focus on integrated vehicles, power and propulsion systems, and autonomy and connectivity. GM Defense aims to leverage its parent company’s expertise in battery electric technology to bring innovation to defense and government customers around the world.

“Our partnership with Tawazun Council is an important step in expanding our reach to defense and government customers in the Middle East,” said GM Defense President Steve duMont.

GM Defense sees this partnership as an important step in transforming its global customers into more competitive An electric, autonomous and connected future.

Tawazun Council supports defense and security investment, promotes innovation, and conducts research and development in the defense industry, and is positioned to support GM Defense’s entry into the Middle East market. The committee’s operations, production and development capabilities help GM Defense deliver world-class technology to military and government customers.

As part of the MOU, the two companies will develop vehicles with advanced technologies such as fuel cells, power generation and connectivity to increase efficiency and flexibility for military and government customers.

Notably, GM Defense has also been commissioned by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the U.S. Department of Defense to Developing the Ultium Platform for Military Vehicles. GM’s Ultium platform is a highly advanced battery technology that combines electric vehicle battery architecture and propulsion systems. The platform’s modular and scalable design allows for the use of various chemistries and battery form factors, making it adaptable to emerging technologies.


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