During its presence at IDEX this week, Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI), the precision manufacturer and subsidiary under the Tawazun group, has announced that it has entered an agreement with the Italy-based Selex ES firm.
The partnership is a supply agreement with Italian Finmeccanica company, Selex ES, which delivers electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection, and sustainable ‘smart’ solutions. TPI will manufacture various components related to Selex ES’s RF Seekers, a fundamental component in the MBDA IT Marte/Otomat missile family.
The contract between Selex ES and TPI is supported by MBDA, and is considered to be the first step towards further collaboration in the future. By manufacturing complex machined parts for Selex ES’s SM-1S and ST-2S seekers, TPI will acquire specific expertise in RF seeker production that will pave the way for further joint business opportunities in both the UAE and abroad. In the near future, the deal will allow the two companies to consider extending their collaboration to any future evolutions of the Marte seeker family. This is the first time in its history that, for this particular technology, the Italian company has outsourced its manufacturing.
Muatasem Awda, Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun Precision Industries, said: “TPI has always reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the ongoing capability-building and know-how transfer to the local UAE workforce in order to enable them to develop products and work procedures that adhere to the highest international standards. This new agreement is testament that we are successfully fulfilling this commitment.”
He added: “We are steadily establishing ourselves internationally and the addition of Selex ES to our growing portfolio comes down to our competitiveness – from a price, quality and customer service perspective.”
TPI was awarded the contract as a result of its production line qualification, the capabilities of its production operators and its rigorous quality control processes, all of which are of international best practice and standards.
Commenting on this new development, Fabrizio Giulianini CEO of Selex ES said: “We are confident that TPI’s extraordinary level of capability is the key factor that will help us to continue our commitment to support the growth of a strong industrial base in the UAE”.
TPI acts as both a manufacturer and a service center to a number of UAE-based operating companies and agents, as well as internationally renowned organizations delivering components to the oil & gas, aerospace and defense sectors.