BEL, French defence industry's new ally in India
France's Thales forged a new joint venture with Bharat Electronics in September, opening another route for the promotion of Rafale sales to India. [...]
Safran is France’s biggest manufacturer of engines for planes, helicopters and rockets. It was created in 2005 from the merger of SNECMA and Sagem. IT employs nearly 70,000 people and is one of the principal suppliers to Dassault and Airbus.
Chief executive of Blenheim Capital Partners since its foundation in 2006, Grant Rogan has been active in the Gulf since the 1980s. His father, Richard Grant Rogan, was already a connoisseur of the region. Middle East director of Northrop Grumman in the 1970s, he was a regular contact of Adnan Khashoggi, the famous Saudi arms dealer. His son, Grant, quickly opted to specialise in the discreet offs [...]
Omar Zeidan is one of the best-connected among the established agents of French industry in the Arab world. He is still very active in 2013, steering through projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and partnering investments of the Al-Assad clan in Syria. At the same time, he is trying to establish himself in Libya and is continuing to advance his own investment projects in Africa generally. After hav [...]
Fadel Al Kaabi, formerly of the Tawazun sovereign fund, set up the International Golden Group (IGG) in 2002. The company, which is headed by Fadel's uncle, former armed forces deputy chief of staff Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, specialises in partnerships with Western defence groups like France's Thales, Britain's BAE, Paramount of South Africa and Italy's Selex. In 2013, IGG also went into partnership [...]
Iskandar Safa, who earned his nickname of Sandy during his youth as part of the Lebanese Christian militia, is an export agent who switched successfully to industry but who, in 2013, is still active as a business intermediary. As an industrialist, he reigns over a veritable shipbuilding empire which produces yachts and patrol boats. He has owned Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) in Cherb [...]
Aaron Frenkel is today one of the most influential commercial middlemen in the area of the former Soviet Union. Through his company Loyd's Aviation Group (no link with the Lloyd's insurance market), he facilitates the sale of Western aircraft manufacturers like Dassault, Cessna, Embraer and Pilatus in eastern European markets and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, ex-Soviet Union). In ad [...]