BAE Systems to Team with UAE-based International Golden Group
BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa recently signed a teaming agreement with International Golden Group (IGG) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This agreement testifies to the strength of the ongoing relationship between the two companies.
The company secured a contract with IGG in 2011 for the RG31 Agrab Mk2 Mobile Mortar Platform (MMP) mine protected vehicles.
“The Middle East is an important region for us and working with local industry and assisting the UAE defence industry to grow, is our goal,” said Johan Steyn, managing director, Land Systems South Africa. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship, serving the UAE and other customers to ensure safety and security for their soldiers.”
This is not the first contract Land Systems South Africa has secured in the UAE. The Special Operations Command operates RG31 Mk5 command vehicles. Also, security forces in Dubai have several RG12 vehicles in service.
International Golden Group is the first UAE-based private joint stock company primarily focused on supplying advanced technology-driven solutions to major security and defence organisations such as the UAE Armed Forces, the Presidential Guard Command, the UAE Ministry of Interior, and Abu Dhabi’s Critical National Infrastructure Authority. It has extensive experience supporting government agencies in systems integration projects and providing turnkey integrated products and system infrastructures. IGG also has the capability of in-service support within the UAE and in theatre.
“We have worked with BAE Systems’ Land Systems South Africa business for many years as a prime contractor for, most recently, the MMP contract. We are looking forward to a long and successful future providing combat proven mine and armoured protected systems to forces in the Middle East,” said Fadel Al Kaabi, chief executive officer of IGG.