“IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 is a Historic Event in an Era of Globall Challenges”

Faisal Al-Bannai, CEO and Managing Director of EDGE, said that the group is keen to highlight its independent integrated capabilities through its participation in the next edition of IDEX and NAVDEX 2021. In his message through the Aljundi Magazine, Al-Bannai said: 

“This participation will be the first of its kind for the group as a unified entity”. In his message, he welcomed the opportunity to communicate with stakeholders and share with them the sector’s visions, best practices, and expertise.

The following is the content of Al-Bannai message:

As the UAE’s leading defence and advanced technology anchor and conglomerate, EDGE is a strategic partner in hosting this definitive event for the region’s thriving defence sector. Through our participation in the upcoming edition of IDEX and NAVDEX, we are keen to showcase our consolidated sovereign capabilities. We are proud to share that EDGE is launching more than 20 products and exhibiting over 50 core capabilities across our Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defence, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support business clusters.

Since the inauguration in November 2019, we have been able to leverage greater synergies between our subsidiary companies, better focus collaborative R&D investments in advanced technologies, upgrade our capabilities more consistently, and progress at a speed that meets the needs of the fast-evolving market. 

The digital era has brought with it new opportunities and challenges, and EDGE is at the frontiers in leveraging its research and capabilities to contribute to shaping a more agile, bold, and disruptive advanced technology- focused defence sector. Guided by our underpinning values of attracting the best and brightest talent, building strategic partnerships both locally and internationally, and developing critical defence infrastructure capabilities that enables a secure future – we are the catalyst in propelling the nation’s wider advanced technology ambitions. Our core focus over the past year has been on autonomous capabilities, electronic warfare and smart weapons, and we look forward to showcasing our products and services to an international audience.   

This will be our first participation as a consolidated entity at IDEX and NAVDEX, and we welcome the opportunity to engage with stakeholders – sharing industry insights, best practices, and experiences.

We commend the UAE’s visionary leadership and the concerned authorities for facilitating this landmark event even in the midst of a challenging time for the world as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives. The UAE has demonstrated creditable efficiency in managing the pandemic and in rolling out the national vaccination program, offering hope that humanity will beat this crisis and advance to a brighter future.

A word of appreciation is also due to the organizers of this mega event for streamlining logistics and supply chain efficiencies to allow this show to go on seamlessly. They have truly embodied the spirit of the UAE, and emphasized that where there is political will and indomitable courage, nothing is impossible. 

We wish everyone a productive and impactful participation at IDEX and NAVDEX 2021.

Al Jundi

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