The UAE’s EDGE Group is establishing a Joint Research and Development Centre for Autonomous Solutions, including laser-based counter-UAV solutions. EDGE Group entity, GRADEONE, will jointly initiate the centre with US-based UAVOS to develop technology for unmanned land and air platforms.
GRADEONE, which manufactures non-lethal pyrotechnics, ammunition, defence-related components and packing solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UAVOS, a developer and manufacturer of advanced unmanned systems, to create the production and commercialisation centre for autonomous solutions and weapon systems.
The centre will initially focus on the development of laser-based counter UAV solutions and high-speed aerial targets for the region. The companies will jointly work in additional key areas such as security technology for autonomous platforms, including piloted aircraft conversion.
“In establishing a joint research and development centre with UAVOS, we will be perfectly positioned to address the needs of clients in local and international markets for unique, autonomous solutions and weapons systems,” said Khalifa Al Ali, managing director of GRADEONE. “Our cooperation will be conducive to strengthening autonomous capabilities and specialised products in the UAE market and beyond.”
Established in 2004, GRADEONE specialises in defence trading and services and providing various solutions to the military and defence sectors, including the army, special forces, navy, air force, law enforcement, and search and rescue services. GRADEONE also provides sporting and hunting equipment, supplies and accessories. It is part of the Trading & Mission Support cluster within EDGE.