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UAE Air Force to acquire training aircraft from Calidus Aerospace

Tawazun Council, the entity responsible for managing procurement and procurement for the Minister of Defense to maximize value through acquisition systems, announced that the UAE Air Force and Air Defense Command have expressed their intention to purchase 40 B-250T training aircraft for aviation training purposes from the Emirati company Calidus Aerospace .

The signing took place at the Calidus Aerospace Pavilion in Dubai Airshow 2023, in the presence of Shareef Hashim Al Hashimi, Executive Director of Operations of the Tawazun Council; Khalifa Al Balushi, CEO of Calidus Aerospace; along with representatives of the Ministry of Defense and officials from both sides.

Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Calidus LLC, He expressed his pride in what the UAE defense industry has achieved. He said,

“The domestic military industry has developed amazingly within the framework of the long-term strategic vision of the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”

Muammar Abdulla Abushehab, executive director of the Tawazun Council, saying,

“This step bodes well for the huge expansion experienced in the UAE’s aerospace and defense industries. It demonstrates the wise vision of our leadership of national industrial products with the highest standards of quality and competitiveness. We at the Tawazun Council are committed to working with our strategic partners to boost the UAE’s defense capabilities in line with strategic priorities and drive continuous innovation, while achieving the country’s strategic objective of building a defense sector ready for the future”.

Khalifa Al Balushi thanked the wise leadership for the trust given to national companies and Emirati talents and their capabilities to manufacture the latest flight systems and platforms. This achievement is the result of the strategy followed by the wise leaders to support and develop national defense industries, he added.

Al Balushi revealed his company’s plans to develop future manufacturing capabilities in the aeronautical industry, unmanned aerial vehicles, air defense systems and technology transfer, as well as applications of artificial intelligence in the fields of aviation and manufacturing.

“This will enable the company to grow into one of the region’s leading companies in the aerospace and aviation industry, while qualifying national cadres to authenticate this vital industry in the country.”

All phases of design, development and manufacturing of the aircraft, presented for the first time in Dubai Airshow 2023, are completed entirely within the UAE, with a strong Emirati workforce, in cooperation and coordination with the UAE Air Force and Air Defense Command. The B-250T aircraft is one of the latest aircraft equipped with sophisticated technological systems in the field of pilot training and is on par with its counterparts.

The Calidus B-250T aircraft features a modern and advanced structural design, consisting of an ultra-strong carbon fiber body with advanced avionics and systems. The B-250T platform offers optimized training while achieving desired levels of pilot endurance. The B-250T’s unique aerodynamic design allows for exceptional aerobatic maneuverability and exceptional performance. The aircraft is equipped with a sophisticated fifth-generation cockpit found on modern fighter jets.

The intelligently designed Ground Training System (GBTS) is one of the most important features of this aircraft as it ensures highly efficient and effective learning in flight simulation systems to ensure qualification for air training. The B-250T enables various simulations and advanced functionalities including radar, sensors, mission system management, air-to-air and air-to-ground operations, and day and night operations.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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