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SmartGlider weapon systems in development under Tawazun, MBDA partnership

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February 23, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

SmartGlider weapon systems in development under Tawazun, MBDA partnership
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FRANCE. Tawazun and MBDA announced that the companies have signed a head of terms agreement with the intent to cooperate in the field of smart guided weapon systems. The aim is to create a long-term partnership between Tawazun and MBDA, enabling the development of the SmartGlider weapon systems from design to production phase.

A joint team of engineers from both sides, the majority from Tawazun, will be in charge of development studies. They will be operating from MBDA’s first regional Missile Engineering Center established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During the pre-development phase, officials claim the two entities will study several concepts before reaching a development phase. The intention being to offer an optimal system at the right price and with the right performance, leveraging the capabilities of the UAE defense industry.

This head of terms is part of the bilateral cooperation agreement signed between France and the UAE.

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