A major new Middle East defence group made up of industry companies from within the industry has formed to develop advance solutions to evolving threats like drones and cyber attacks.
Unveiled in Abu Dhabi this week, EDGE is designed to accelerate technological development in defence systems.
EDGE is made up of 25 entities, including subsidiaries from the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), Emirates Advanced Investments Group (EAIG), Tawazun Holding, and other independent organisations.
HE Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and managing director of EDGE, said: “EDGE will invest extensively across R&D, working closely with front-line operators to design and deploy practical solutions that address real world challenges.”
He added: “The solution to address hybrid warfare, lies at the convergence of innovations from the commercial world and the military industry. Established with a core mandate to disrupt an antiquated military industry generally stifled by red tape, EDGE is set to bring products to market faster and at more cost-effective price points.”
EDGE plans to implement advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials, with a focus on artificial intelligence across all its products and services.